Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Political Science/Public Policy

Collection Management Issues

Policy science materials are treated like all other materials in the overall collection. Because of space limitations, multiple copies of the same title are to be avoided. If materials are lost, stolen, or mutilated and still available for purchase, an attempt is made to replace them. 

A. Selection and Acquisition of Materials:

  • At present, many books come in automatically through approval plans and through large ebook packages. In addition to this, firm orders are generated from various publisher catalogs, selected library acquisition lists, and through recommendations by campus researchers.

B. Cooperative Agreements :

  • At present, there are no cooperative agreements between the BTAA institutions or with other regional universities in Michigan in the areas of political science/public policy other than those developed by the area studies librarians.

C. Legal Requirements :

  • As a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection, we are required to collect a wide range of materials related to funding source identification tools, fundraising and proposal writing resources, and materials related to the nonprofit sector and philanthropy.
  • The Library also participates in various government documents depository programs; these are handled by the Government Information Librarian.