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Collection Development Policy Statement: Animal Science

Trends and other factors that influence collection practices

II. FACTORS INFLUENCING COLLECTION POLICY

A. Anticipated Future Trends

The research of the National Food Safety and Toxicology Center as well as projects funded by the Animal Initiative and other grants will impact the demand for specific library materials. Interest in animal genetics, behavior, nutrition, physiology, and reproduction will remain strong. Materials which address issues related to environmental impacts, animal welfare, and meat quality and safety will also be important. The growing number of online courses as well as an overall desire for remote access to library resources will continue to increase the demand for networked resources and electronic journals.

Adding research data is a potential step for this subject collection. For guidelines, please see MSU'S Digital Research Data Collection Development Policy.

B. Relationships with other resources

1. On Campus Branch or Format Collections, if any.

Materials in the Main Library, the Veterinary Medical Center Library, and the Biomedical and Physical Science Library help support the needs of the Department of Animal Science. The Business Library collection is important to the marketing and management track of the undergraduate degree.

2. Regional or Network Resources, if any.

As part of the Michigan Research Libraries Triangle, MSU Libraries maintains reciprocal borrowing agreements with the University of Michigan and Wayne State Libraries. Materials are also obtained via interlibrary loan from CIC and other institutions.

C. Relationships to Resources Treated in Other Policy Statements

Agriculture general agriculture, forages, feeds, welfare
Biomedical Sciences microbiology, genetics, reproduction, physiology of animals
Human Medicine anatomy, physiology, genetics, physiology, toxicology
Veterinary Medicine livestock physiology, reproduction, diseases
Food Science/Nutrition technology, food production, food safety, crop protection
Zoology animal physiology, development, behavior
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