Purpose or Scope of Collection
A. Curricular/Research/Programmatic Needs
The chemistry collection of Michigan State University Main Library is to support the university's present and anticipated teaching and research needs in the study of chemistry. The collection is maintained at a graduate/ research collection level in the majority of its areas. Current major areas for B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. level education include: analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, green chemistry, material chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and theoretical chemistry. There are also joint research projects that cut across traditional areas of specialization in chemistry as well as interdepartmental and interdisciplinary research. These include subjects such as: biochemistry, engineering, geology, soil science, physics, mathematics, chemical aspects of agriculture, medicine, and the environment; and campus research centers such as the Composite Materials and Structures Center, the Pesticide Research Center, the National Superconducting Cyclotron, and the medical colleges. Additionally, the Chemistry Department provides basic chemical education for students who major in other science disciplines. Necessary tools used for teaching undergraduate chemistry are maintained.
B. History of the Collection/Existing Strengths and Emphases
The chemistry collection is now located in the basement level of Main Library. It was moved from the former Biomedical and Physical Sciences Library (BPS), Room 1440 Biomedical Physical Sciences Building in December 2010, which was established in 2002. The collection began as a departmental library (called the Kedzie Chemistry Library) in the Kedzie Chemistry Building, prior to its move to the current Chemistry Building. At that time, purchases were made by the chemistry faculty. In 1963 the Chemistry Department and the Chemistry Library moved to the current building, where the library was housed on the fourth floor of the building. It was staffed by a variety of librarians and clerical staff until1969 when funds from a Centers for Excellence Grant made it possible to hire a permanent librarian. At that time the MSU Libraries assumed administrative control of the Chemistry Department's library services. The collection was then, and continues to be, a working collection for the chemist that is responsive to the research requirements of the Chemistry Department. Some materials are selectively removed in order to free space for current research needs, while at the same time those materials with historical significance are retained. Due to limited space, a successful transition to elecrtonic format may help greatly.