Faculty in each department or program may select materials based on the curricular needs of their department. The collection is meant to support student coursework and student research.
Each department appoints a faculty member to be their representative to the Library. This person can coordinate orders for the department, but individual faculty can also submit orders directly to the library.
Each department also has a librarian assigned to be their liaison. You liaison can help you with questions you have about ordering or if you would like assistance identifying titles in certain subject areas or formats that are available for purchase.
Please submit orders 3 weeks before they are needed. See below for Rush orders. Ordering materials for a library involves a lot more than when you order something at home--purchase orders, invoice processing, cataloging, labeling etc. And also we may receive 50 or more orders in one day and also receive 50 or more shipped items in one day.
Questions or requests for information on titles should be directed to your librarian liaison or to Sharon Clayton. All orders should include:
Rush orders:Any orders needed in less than 3 weeks should be indicated as RUSH.
Rush orders should include:
Checking on orders
Contact your librarian liaison or Sharon Clayton (x7249) to check on an order or if you have any questions.
Major reference books or sets that cover broad subject areas are usually purchased with funds allocated specially for that purpose, and are usually chosen by the reference librarians. If you would like to recommend a reference title, please send that recommendation to your librarian liaison. Reference works covering narrow subject specific topics can be selected by faculty in the same way as other titles.
Recommending titles outside your departmental area
If you know of a title the library should have, but which falls outside your department's subject areas, you can recommend it by either contacting someone in a department under whom it would more logically fall or you can send a recommendation to the Library Director, Jeff Douglas (Box #227).
Big ticket items
Sometimes items are just too expensive to go through as a departmental order. If you would like us to consider something that is over $200, please contact your librarian liaison, and provide as much information as you can as to why the resource is needed for your students. The Library Director will review these requests in conjunction with the subject liaison. In a case like this we may look for special funds that can be used to acquire the item(s).
The library’s individual periodical subscriptions (both print & online) are currently frozen.
We currently have over 12,000 journal subscriptions, the majority of which are online, but we realize this is a small number compared to what is available at a Research University. The library provides acces to many large full text journal packages, and we have dropped some high priced individual titles to provide funds for purchasing individual articles as needed.
Changes to our periodical holdings can still be recommended.
If your department wishes to review its periodical list you can contact your liaison for a list of currently subscribed titles with prices.
You can also request pricing for new titles you are considering from your librarian liaison or from Sharon Clayton.