Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: French Studies

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

A. Anticipated Future Trends

Study abroad will continue to be emphasized at M.S.U. Because the University requires two years of foreign language study for entrance, or completion of this requirement once students enroll, there will continue to be a need for the French 100 and 200 level courses which are taught each semester, typically by French graduate students and visiting faculty. The M.S.U. Evening College consistently offers conversational French for people in the community intending to visit France, also taught by the graduate students and visiting faculty. With teaching opportunities for graduate students available, the M.A. and PhD programs will continue to have students. The New Residential College being developed by the College of Arts and Letters may have an impact on the needs for materials in French and about France, as we hear foreign language and “other culture” study is to be part of it. Time will tell. We anticipate collecting electronic research data subsets created by faculty and graduate students from our electronic resources.

B. Relationships with Other Resources

  1. On campus branch or format collections, if any.

    Fine Arts collects art and music material.

    Special Collections collects works published prior to 1800.

    Africana and area studies bibliographers collect relative to French language and culture in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

    Reference collects reference materials, including electronic resources. French studies bibliographer recommends titles.

    Maps collects maps and atlases

    AV/Voice/DMC has videos, DVDs, and electronic resources not appropriate for Reference and not available on the internet. French studies bibliographer may recommend titles.

    FCI with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese has an extensive electronic language-learning laboratory in Old Horticulture Building for which the department selects the resources.
  2. Regional or network resources, if any

    We subscribe to ARTFL, the American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language, a full-text database of over 2000 French texts of a literary, philosophical, historical, artistic, or scientific nature through the 20th century, co-produced by the University of Chicago and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Institut National de la Langue Francaise. Our subscription is through a cooperative arrangement with the other CIC schools.

    We may consider cooperating with other CIC institutions in the purchase of expensive electronic resources.

    As members of the Center for Research Libraries, we borrow items from their collections via interlibrary loan.

    Scholars travel to use the French studies collection at the University of Michigan libraries and we borrow items from U.M. via interlibrary loan. Their budget and their collection development expertise in French studies are much greater than ours.

C. Relationships to Resources Treated in Other Policy Statements

Africana, Asian, and Latin American bibliographers collect all Francophone literature, history, and other Francophone titles. The art and music librarians collect French art and French music titles.

*The philosophy bibliographer collects French philosophy titles.

The classics bibliographer collects works on the period of Roman occupation of what is today France, prior to the Middle Ages.

The Slavic, East European, and Central Asian bibliographer collects works treating contemporary Europe in general and *European history in general since the Renaissance

The military studies bibliographer collects works on French military history, especially for the 19th and 20th centuries.

The linguistics bibliographer collects works on French linguistics

The criminal justice and political science bibliographer collects works on French criminal justice and *political science

*The gender studies bibliographer collects works on French women.

The maps librarian collects maps and atlases on France The French studies bibliographer may collect, or recommend, any French or English language resource in the starred (*) disciplines above.

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