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Collection Development Policy Statement: Communication Studies

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

A. Anticipated Future Trends

Health communication, communication technologies, international and intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, mass communication, persuasion and social influence, organizational communication, and quantitative research methods are abiding and increasing areas of interest among MSU faculty and students. The Department of Media and Information Studies continues to broaden its curriculum. Courses cover areas such as (among others) digital media and technologies, electronic commerce, information technology and organizations, international telecommunication, and telecommunications policy, management, and law.

B. Relationships with other resources

Communication studies is a very interdisciplinary field. Related disciplines include business, computer science, engineering, government documents, the health sciences, law, linguistics, psychology, and sociology.

A sufficient number of communication and telecommunication studies materials are acquired to meet most departmental curricular and research needs. Some individual advanced research requires access to outside collections. Materials from other libraries can be identified using electronic resources, such as WorldCat (the union catalog produced by the Online Computer Library Center). Most materials from other CIC libraries can be obtained easily through interlibrary loan.

  1. MSU Libraries
  2. Regional or network resources

C. Relationships to other resources treated in other policy statements:

  • Business (information technology management)
  • Computer Sciences (telecommunication systems—security, information technology, virtual environments)
  • Engineering (technology)
  • Law (communications law)
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