Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Computer Science

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

Anticipated Future Trends:

Future areas of increased research emphasis may include information technology, computer security, network security, wireless communications, biometrics, cryptology, computer game design and development, data science and computational linguistics. E-books and electronic journals will be considered a viable alternative to print computer science materials that become outdated in a relatively short time, are frequently stolen, have little long-term scholarly value, and the lack of space for the materials in the library. MSU currently subscribes to Safari Tech Books Online, a collection of approximately 100 electronic software manuals and general interest computer books. The trend towards more electronic-only resources, especially in a rapidly-changing discipline like computer science, will continue.