Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Women's and Gender Studies

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

A. Anticipated Future Trends

Global research and scholarship specific to women's and gender studies (including areas such as transnational feminism) continues to increase.  MSU interest in LBGTQ studies also continues to increase, as an undergraduate specialization has been added in this area.

B. Relationships with other resources

    1. MSU Libraries

As a wholly interdisciplinary field, women’s and gender studies materials can be found in specialized units of the Main Library and the various branches, including Special Collections, Government Documents, Fine Arts, and the Gast Business Library.

    1. Regional or network resources:

A sufficient number of women’s and gender studies materials are acquired to meet most departmental curricular and research needs. Some individual advanced research requires access to outside collections. Materials from other libraries can be identified using electronic resources, such as WorldCat (the union catalog produced by the Online Computer Library Center). Most materials from other CIC libraries can be obtained easily through interlibrary loan.

C. Relationships to resources treated in other policy statements:

  • African American Studies: African American women
  • Asian Pacific American Studies: Asian Pacific American women
  • English and American Literature: Women's literature
  • French Studies: History of women and family in France
  • Labor Relations and Human Resources: "Working women, both current and historical, gay and lesbian employees, discrimination, harassment, affirmative action."
  • Special Collections: LGBT collection, Changing Men’s collections
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