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Collection Development Policy Statement: Gull Lake Library

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

  • A. Anticipated Future Trends

    Several new programmatic thrusts in the last ten years have had an impact on the library: The designation of the Kellogg Biological Station as an LTER site, the grant and renewal of the grant by NSF for a Research Training Group (RTG) at the station and the campus based Center for Microbial Ecology (NSF) to which several KBS faculty are attached. These programs have increased the demand for library resources in quantity and variety. Although the basic complement of aquatic and terrestrial ecological research remains constant, continued variation and branching may be anticipated.

    The growth of data-intensive research is exponential. Grant-funded research will increasingly demand data management plan specifications, including considerations for publishing and sharing data. Relevant granting agencies such as the USDA and the National Science Foundation will soon include these data management requirements. This will increase the need for awareness of data publication venues..


  • B. Relationships with Other Resources

    On campus branch or format collections, if any Gull Lake Library relies heavily on the collections of the Main Library, and to a lesser extent on the collections of the other science-based branches. Selective buying and regular periodic weeding of the collection make these relationships essential. There are effective mechanisms in place to expedite borrowing. Therefore, duplication of other locations is avoided whenever possible.
    Regional or network resources, if any Gull Lake Library has access to all the MSU Libraries electronic resources. Some use is made of Western Michigan University Library.


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