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Collection Development Policy Statement: Forestry

Analysis of the Subject Field

Chronology of the subject: emphasis/restrictions

The emphasis is on current research in forestry including forest ecology, silviculture and christmas tree production, computational modelling, wood and wood treatment, forest economics and policy, climate change affected by and affecting forests and forestry, biomass and bioenergy, agroforestry.

Languages of resources collected: exclusions/emphases/translations

English is the primary language in the collection. Other languages are collected when an English translation is unavailable. The European languages are represented in greater amounts due to their long history in forest management.

Geography of the subject: emphases/restrictions

The bulk of the collection covers the USA, Canada and Europe. Publications from other forested areas of the world are collected to a lesser extent. Items on agroforestry practices from all regions are collected on a higher level.

Format of the resources collected: restrictions if any

Internet-accessible format is the preferred format for new periodicals, with extreme caution paid to the quality of graphics in periodicals digitized after paper publication. Monographs are predominantly in electronic format, with the advent of ebooks and with the library signing package deals with vendors within and outside of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). Ebooks provide greater access to on-campus as well as off-campus personell such as that at AgBioResearch, extension stations, and Kellogg Biological Station personnel. Materials are purchased in print when it is the preferred format or the only format available.

Research data - particularly data which is not already openly available or that cannot/will not be placed in existing research data repositories is not normally collected but may be collected if it otherwise meets collection development guidelines for research data. For additional about the guidelines, please see MSU's Digital Research Data Collection Development Policy.

Date of publication of resources collected: emphases if any

Current materials are acquired. Gaps in serial runs, monographic sets, maps and documents sets regardless of age will be actively pursued, especially for high priority areas such as Michigan, the Great Lakes, the Northeast region, and areas of faculty interest.

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