On March 16, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order temporarily closing many public spaces. All academic libraries are included in this order. The MSU Libraries are closed, but we still offer virtual services and many resources do remain available. Please see our Online and Distance Learning resource page for specific Library resources. Reference services are still available via chat and phone. We do have temporary policies for returning/renewing material.
Scholarly communication encompasses the systems and processes involved in the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge. As both an author and a reader, scholarly communication practices are an intrinsic part of the fabric of the professional life for faculty, researchers, and students. The MSU Libraries are your partner in navigating the complex issues around author rights, peer-review, access, costs, new models of publishing, preservation, and compliance with research funder policies.
Many components of the scholarly communication system are evolving along with changes in technical infrastructure, social practices, and the economics of publishing. Serious problems in the system have been pointed out by thinkers in the field, university administrators, and librarians, but the issues are complex, and there are no easy solutions.