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New Book Lists

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Why aren’t there more new books in my area, library science? When I looked in the new book list, I only saw eight titles listed. I’m sure there are many more than eight books on library science that have been published recently.

I know you have been looking at the new book list in you discipline available through the “New Books” link in the catalog or by going directly to http://www.lib.wayne.edu/resources/new_books/.

WHAT IS CONTAINED IN THE NEW BOOKS LIST

Books that appear on the new books lists are those for which catalog records have been received and posted within the time period of the search and are in the LC Classification range for the subject area. To use your discipline, library science, as an example, this means only books with numbers from Z or ZA are listed in the list of new library science books. Books appear on the list when they have catalog dates more recent than the last time the updates were run and when they have item records and order records attached.

The list gets updated about once a week.

Books on the lists can still be “In Process” and may not yet have got to the shelves. The books on the lists have, however, been received in cataloging. Books with the status “In Process” can be requested by clicking on the “Get It” button. They will be rush processed and brought to a circulation desk to be picked up.

Often books relevant to a discipline fall outside the designated LC Classification range for a subject area. Library science materials, for example, often fall into such subject areas as education, technology, computer science, law, the social sciences and business. When this happens, the books are found in the new book lists for the subject areas associated with their LC Classifications. It is always a good idea to browse the new books lists for related disciplines.

I should also point out that electronic books are not listed in the new book lists by discipline. They appear only on the New Ebooks list, which you can locate by clicking on the “Electronic Resources” link in the catalog.

THE ORDERING PROCESS

Each discipline/selection area has a budget for new books for a budget year. In each area, we spend the allotted funds based on the curriculum(s) in the discipline, faculty requests, other patron requests, suggestions from librarian colleagues, and, of course, the judgment of the librarian building the collection in that area.

Differing numbers of new books will appear on the lists at different points during the year. Publishers have varying publishing cycles; orders are often grouped to allow more efficient processing; some orders are placed for books which have not yet been published; and some orders are submitted to coincide with curricular developments in a program. Again to use the example of library science, we have recently purchased a number of items for the new Records Management certificate program. All of these factors, as well as the exigencies of the budget process, contribute to a continual, if uneven flow of books into our collection.

More Ejournals and Ebooks

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Comment: More books and other resources need to be available. The library ought to be providing more e-journals and even e-books that we can use from home.

As I’m sure you know, we have limited budgets for buying books and journals. Working within the limits of that budget, we make great efforts to spend our funds well and get the books, journals, and other information sources necessary to support learning, teaching, and research at Wayne. To do this we have assigned subject liaison librarians to specific subject areas and charged them with identifying and purchasing materials for those areas.

We are very aware that e-journals are preferred by students and faculty alike and that there is a growing demand for e-books. Whenever possible, we purchase online journals and magazines rather than print. We are also building e-book collections in a number of different areas. In fact in 2005-2006 (the most recent year for which data is available), the WSU Libraries once again lead the 113 members of the Association of Research Libraries in the percentage of its collection budget used for digital materials.

We also want you to know that Wayne students and faculty are not limited to the books and journals in our collections. Through special interlibrary loan arrangements with libraries, we have the ability to borrow books and obtain articles from libraries all over the United States and the world. To set up your interlibrary loan account and make requests, go to
https://wayne.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/wild.html.

If you would like to contact the liaison librarian in your area of study, please use the list available at
http://www.lib.wayne.edu/geninfo/staff/facultyliaison.php.

You can also suggest books for our collections. You may do so by clicking on the “Suggest a Title” link in our catalog. It will lead you to this online form:
http://elibrary.wayne.edu/acquire.