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Collection Development Policy Statement: Anthropology

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

A. Anticipated Future Trends

Changes in curriculum, changes in faculty, and new interests in the development of the many subdivisions as a strength will influence the Collection. For example, physical anthropology has been subdivided into specialized areas of study, such as, biological anthropology, skeletal biology, and forensic anthropology. Of special note, the Culture/Resources/Power Concentration in Sociocultural Anthopology program needs to be closely monitored.

B. Relationships with other resources

Anthropology is an interdisciplinary field of study. New and developing fields within other disciplines will require a new method for identifying appropriate tools for selection and evaluation. Working with other related campus resources will ensure strong support for MSU programs. The Anthropology Department currently has links with the following programs and departments: Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, the African Studies Center, the Center for Women in Development, the Center for Advanced Studies in International Development, the School of Criminal Justice, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. In particular, a close tie exists between the Department and the MSU Museum.

  1. On-campus branch or format collections, if any.

  2. The MSU Museum with its excellent collections in Folk Art enriches the program. The Anthropology Department's reading room offers students and researchers an in-house resource of materials. Since many of the faculty of the Anthropology Department are adjunct faculty at the Museum, many of the resources selected with Anthropology are valuable tools for the Museum.

C. Relationships to Resources Treated in Other Policy Statements

  1. Classical Studies: Archaeology

  2. Classical Studies purchases materials on Greek and Roman archaeology. Anthropology funds will handle all other materials and New World archaeology.

  3. Geography: Anthropo Geography

  4. Literature, American/English: Linguistics, Folklore

  5. Medicine: Medical Anthropology, Human Genetics, Physical Anthropology

  6. Any materials on medical anthropology must be purchased through Anthropology funds.

  7. Music: Ethno Musicology

  8. Philosophy: Philosophical Anthropology

  9. Racial & Ethnic Studies: Human & Race Relations, Folklore

  10. Coordinate activities with the bibliographer for Ethnic Studies as necessary.

  11. Religion: Missionary Work and Mass Media

  12. Coordinate activities with the bibliographer for Religion on a title-by-title basis.

  13. Area Statements: Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Near East and South Pacific

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