How the Collection Is Developed
How does the library get the books, journals and other materials needed by students and faculty?
To help bibliographers select materials to meet the scholarly and curriculum
needs of faculty, staff and students, the library contracts with book and journal
vendors and publishers. Together with vendors, the bibliographers have developed
profiles based on subject areas, publishers and language. The vendors provide
materials fitting those profiles and inform the bibliographers of other new
publications from which they select additional items. Furthermore, the bibliographers
order books, journals, and other resources recommended by faculty, staff, and
students relevant to the teaching and research needs of the university and
within the limits of the library's budget. For online resources, the electronic
resources librarian negotiates with publishers over pricing, terms and conditions
to meet the purchasing requirements of the University, and submits contracts
for approval to University Purchasing and/or University Counsel. To recommend
additions for the collection, email the bibliographers or phone 312-996-2730.