Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Communication and Media and Information Studies

Analysis of the Subject Field

A. Chronology of the Subject:

There are no chronological restrictions. While the emphasis is on current and emerging topics, materials that focus on historical topics in communication and media and information studies are also considered.

B. Languages of Resources Collected:

The emphasis is on English language materials. English language translations are considered for works written in other languages. Materials written in languages from Africa, Asia, Latin America and other geographic areas are selected by appropriate area studies subject librarians.

C. Geography of the Subject:

No restrictions. International and intercultural media and communication are areas of abiding interest at Michigan State. Efforts are made in cooperation with other subject librarians to acquire materials that are international in scope.

D. Format of Resources Collected:

All appropriate formats, including print, electronic, and datasets and statistical sources (electronic preferred), are considered. Monographs are generally purchased in electronic format unless an item is specifically requested in print or unavailable electronically. Reference works and serials are also purchased in electronic format. Films (including streaming media) are acquired to support curricular and research needs by request.

E. Date of Publications Collected:

Emphasis is on current publications.

F. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

Developing and maintaining collections that bring the perspectives and lived experiences of underrepresented groups from the margins to the center involves intentional work. Acquiring resources that employ intersectional analyses is critical for including the lived experiences of those who face overlapping areas of oppression, such as racism and sexism.  Communication and media and information studies scholars are increasingly exploring areas of intersectionality and our collections will reflect this important emphasis. Scholarly publishing is historically and currently shaped by structural inequities that present challenges in cultivating inclusivity in library collections. Consequently, proactive steps are necessary to acquire materials from small presses, associations, and organizations focused on the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (such as the following divisions of the National Communication Association: African American Communication and Culture Division, Latina and Latino Communication Studies Division, and the Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division).