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Collection Development Policy Statement: Veterinary Medicine

Trends and other factors that influence collection practices

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

A. Anticipated future trends

1. Electronic availability of full-text resources.

2. Library materials to complement the new Veterinary Medicine facilities on campus:

The Diagnostic Center for Population & Animal Health focusing on Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Endocrinology, Microbiology, Nutrition, and Toxicology. The Center for Comparative Oncology focusing on Oncology, Immunology and Radiology.

3. Collecting materials in the following subject areas:

  • Veterinary Public Health Concerns
  • Pet Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Biotechnology (Genetics)

4. 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

The Veterinary Medicine collection is divided between the Main and Veterinary Medical Center Library. The emphases of the two collections are divided into research and clinical. The current ten years of approximately 70 journal titles which are clinically orientated and used for teaching and patient care are housed at the Veterinary Medical Center Library. After ten years (because of space issues) the volumes are sent to the Main Library. Symposia, conference proceedings, books and journals which are on a research level or are on animal culture are housed at the Main Library. With the implementation of electronic indexes and journals there is less need for duplication of resources. The Biomedical and Physical Sciences Library houses materials in the basic biomedical subjects, which includes but not limited to genetics, physiology and microbiology.

The Special Collections Library has an extensive Veterinary Rare Books Collection. This non-circulating collection features over 2,000 books and manuscripts which document the history and development of veterinary science and medicine up to the mid-nineteenth century.

2. Regional or network resources, if any

The MSU Libraries participates in various regional medical library networks and OCLC. The MSU Libraries holdings are also listed in the Veterinary Union List of Serials, 2nd Ed.

C. Relationships to resources treated in other policy statements.

Medicine – oncology, dermatology, nutrition, laboratory and human medicine

Animal Science – livestock physiology, reproduction, diseases, welfare, behavior

Biological/Biomedical – biotechnology, genetics, microbiology, physiology of animals

Zoology – animal physiology, development, behavior

Special Collections – Rare veterinary medicine books

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