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Collection Development Policy Statement: Africana/African Studies

Page Coordinator: Peter Limb Last updated: 07-09-2007

Purpose or Scope of Collection

MSU Libraries' African Studies collection supports the research and teaching needs of faculty with interests associated with Africa and provides resources for students at undergraduate and graduate levels. With over 120 faculty with an interest in Africa spread across diverse departments, including agriculture and agricultural economics, medicine, business, history, literature and the arts, communications, anthropology and sociology, environmental studies, geography, political science, and with the existing Africana collection one of the largest in the country, collection is maintained at a high level. The library collect across a broad range of materials, including books, serials, maps, government documents, audio-visual and archival materials. The collection is integrated into the general collection, but there are also valuable Africana resources in Special Collections and Maps, and there are some departmental collections : for example, a wide range of Africana videos are held in the African Media Program at the African Studies Center and also in the CASID-WID Video Library and the English Department.

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