Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Recommending Book Purchases

Well, planning for the beginning of Semester One is well underway, and many lecturers are taking over their subjects for the first time this year.

We know you have a hundred-and-one things to think about and remember, but we'd like to take this time to remind you that if you have set and recommended texts for your subjects, you need to check to see if we have copies of those books in the Library.

We aren't given copies of your text-book lists, so if you don't tell us you've set a book for your subject, we won't know. You need to check to see if we have the book you want - especially if you ask the students to use a particular edition. If we don't have that book or that edition, then you need to put in a request for us to buy it.

This also applies to other resources you need for the subject. For example, if you want all of your students to be able to watch a particular DVD, then you can put in a request for the Library to purchase a copy of that DVD.

Also, if you believe the Library should hold a particular resource - even if it isn't on your book list - you can recommend it to us.

We have set rules about how many copies of a resource we can buy, which are based on the number of students enrolled in the course, the distribution of those students across the main campuses and whether the text is required or recommended (or just worthwhile).

You can find out more information about requesting books on our Guide to Purchasing Information Resources. This page has the link to the purchase request form, as well as providing information about the request process.

If you think the Library could do with some more resources in a particular area, or simply discuss the resources you need for your research and teaching, feel free to contact your liaison librarian. You should also talk to your liaison librarian if you want to change the loan period for a book - say, putting it on Two-Day-Loan. You can find the list of librarians and their contact details on the Faculty and Research Support page.

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