Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Computer Science

History of the Collection/Existing Strengths and Emphases

The establishment of Computer Science as an academic discipline is a relatively recent development. The MSU Computer Science Department was organized in 1968 and is part of the College of Engineering. The department moved from Wells Hall to the Engineering Building in 1989.  Collection development responsibilities for computer science materials were transferred to the Engineering Librarian in 2002.   Materials dealing with topics of a more general nature including computer communications, computer languages, the Internet and the World Wide Web, programming, and software manuals are also purchased. The collection includes materials covering algorithms, computer communications, computer languages, data structures, the Internet, operating systems, programming, software engineering, the theory of computing, virtual environment and the World Wide Web. Related topics included are artificial intelligence, computer graphics, cryptology and ciphers, and networks.