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Collection Development Policy Statement: Public Health: Factors Influencing Collection Policy

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

A. Anticipated Future Trends

A major trend influencing the collection development in the Public Health Collection is that the program is currently online only.  As a result, physical material is not as desirable for the students of the program.  This is combined with continuing demand for access to electronic scholarly journals as the importance of access to printed journals diminishes means that primarily electronic resources will be purchased. Furthermore, Online reference works are also increasing in importance and demand over their print counterparts.

B. Relationships with Other Resources

Regional or Network Resources

Patrons can obtain materials from other Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) libraries and the Michigan Research Libraries Triangle (MRLT) through interlibrary loan services. MSU is a member of the CIC and the MRLT. Access to many journals online in these subject areas is made available through CIC consortia agreements for journal packages. MRLT is a cooperative, which maintains reciprocal borrowing agreements with the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

Other Bibliographers

Many resources used by the Public Health faculty and students overlap with materials collected by other bibliographers at MSU.  The bibliographers in Human Medicine, Veterinary Science, Nursing, Sociology, Psychology, Goverment Documents, and Data Sources collect material that is useful and relevant to the Public Health users.

Data Resources

Public Health uses data and statistics heavily in research and practice. The Public Health collection follows the guidelines  for data as laid out in Collection Development Policy Statement: Digital Research Data: Purpose or Scope of Collection.

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