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Collection Development Policy Statement: Urban Planning

Analysis of the Subject Field

A. Chronology of the Subject: Emphasis/Restrictions

The emphasis will be on current and future urban areas. Limited collection in the history of urban planning will occur.

B. Languages of Resources Collected; Exclusions/Emphasis/Translations

The primary language of resources collected will be English. Works taking on an international perspective and providing international information are frequently available in English. The appropriate area studies librarian will consider monographs in other languages. Translations may be selected.

C. Geography of the Subject; Emphasis, Restrictions

Primary emphasis is on Michigan and the U.S. although all regions of the world are sought, especially for interesting and illustrative urban manifestations and phenomena. Special emphasis on Africa as a result of our strong Africana collection and some interest in Japan and China.

D. Format of the Resources Collected; Restrictions, if any

All appropriate formats, including print, electronic, and films are collected.  Journals are preferred in electronic format, though a few small society publications still lack acceptable licensing terms to make the switch.  Books are mixed in paper and electronic format.  Adding research data is a potential step for this subject collection. For guidelines see  http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/c.php?g=139267 )

E. Date of Publication of Resources Collected; Emphasis, If Any

With the exception of essential historical works, important classics, or reprints as needed, materials published within the immediate past five years should be collected.

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