Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Library Science and Museology

Levels of Collecting Intensity

The MSU Libraries use the following collection levels defined by the old Research Libraries Group Conspectus as follows:

  1. Minimal Level: A subject area in which few selections are made beyond very basic books.
     
  2. Basic Information Level: A collection of up‑to‑date general materials that serves to introduce and define a subject.
     
  3. Instructional Support Level: A collection that is closely tied to the needs of the curriculum:
    1. Undergraduate Support level: a collection that is adequate to support undergraduate instruction.
    2. Upper Level/Graduate Support level: A collection that is adequate to support undergraduate instruction and most upper level / graduate instruction or independent studies.
       
  4. Research Level: A collection that includes major published source materials required for research needs.
     
  5. Comprehensive level: A collection in which the Library includes all significant works of recorded knowledge for a necessarily defined and limited field.
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