Albert B. Alkek Library
Anyone may recommend or request titles to be purchased for the Alkek Library collections. Selectors bear the responsibility of accepting or rejecting those requests. If the Selector has questions concerning a request, she/he should consult the Collection Development Librarian or the Head Acquisitions Librarian.
After a request is submitted to Collection Development, if there is a question about the request, Collection Development will consult with the designated subject librarian for that academic department or the Collection Development Librarian. If faculty must be consulted, the subject librarian or the Collection Development Librarian will do so.
Serials and Continuations – titles which are published in multiple issues, and intended to be on going, indefinitely. Journals, magazines, annuals and some proceedings are examples. Serials collection development procedures are specified in the Serials Policy. Ongoing serial subscriptions must be approved by the academic department faculty library representative.
Special Materials Orders (SMO) – are single issue/s or volumes of titles designated as serials in OCLC, but are not wanted on a continuing or standing order basis by the Alkek Library. They are a one-time purchase or non-consecutive purchases for the collection. SMO collection development procedures are specified in the Serials Policy. Because these are not an ongoing expense, the designated subject librarians and/or department faculty may select this material.
Books, books on CD, audiotape and Ebooks – titles are selected for appropriateness of content, in the most effective and efficient format for dissemination of that content. For print material, hard bound books are preferred. Paperbacks are ordered only if the hardbound is not available. Textbooks are not routinely purchased, nor consumable (workbooks, lab manuals, etc.) materials. The library will order up to a maximum of four copies of a work.
Books with accompanying discs – if a book is published with an accompanying disc, both are shelved in the Alkek circulating stacks.
Software – Library material allocation may not be used to purchase software, unless it is the only way to access necessary content. Computer software with accompanying user manuals may be housed in the library’s Computer Lab, if the product license requires restricted access. All software purchased must conform to the legal, financial and technical parameters of access within the library.
Microforms – generally consist of research collections, and as such are purchased as non-continuing titles. Acquisitions Serials Unit purchases serial microforms.
Audio/Visual materials – audiovisual materials include, but are not limited to, CD, DVD, streaming video/audio, audiocassette and VHS. Alkek Library however, does not purchase material in formats that are not supported by the equipment in the library. Public Performance Rights will be requested when available and financially feasible.