Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Religious Studies

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

  • A. Anticipated future trends

    We have entered a new period in which issues of faith, Christianity, and non-Christian religions, especially Islam, are of greater interest to many in our University community. The Religious Studies department, more than once slated for closure, is reviving itself; a number of new, young faculty members have been hired. The Islam/Judaism position is becoming two positions. The University now has Jewish studies and Muslim studies programs. We need to build up the collection on the non-Christian faiths while not reducing our efforts on Christianity. This will be a great challenge with the present financial resources for this collection area.  We anticipate collecting electronic research data subsets created by faculty and students from our electronic resources.

  • B. Relationship to Other Resources
    • On campus branch of format collections, if any.


    • 2. Regional resources

      Students from Lansing Bible College, who pursue an individualized Ph.D. program awarded through M.S.U., make heavy use of specifically focused scriptural, exegetical, and pastoral collections at LBC and other private schools.

  • C. Relationships to resources treated in other policy statements

    Human medicine: medical humanities, collected by medical bibliographer in R-RZ
    Philosophy: ethics, collected by philosophy bibliographer, B-BJ
    History: history of churches; impacts of religion on history and society, collected by history and area studies bibliographers, gender studies bibliographer, political science bibliographer, classics bibliographer, BL-BX, D-DX, E, F, H-HX, J-JX
    Art: aesthetics; religious themes as subjects, collected by art librarian, N-NX
    Music: Church music, collected by music librarian, M-MT
    Literature: representation of religion in literature; religious writers as literary authors, collected by literature bibliographer, British history bibliographer, medieval studies bibliographer, area studies bibliographers, P-PT
    Judaism: collected by Jewish studies bibliographer, especially 19th century forward

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