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Collection Development

Collection development is a collaborative activity between library staff and academic staff of the University. Requests or suggestions for new resources that support the teaching, learning or research activities within the University are encouraged.

Requesting books

Requesting books

Requests for books should be sent to either your Liaison Librarian or to the . A New book or DVD request form is also available.

E-preferred policy for books

The Library has an e-preferred policy for the acquisition of books. This means that e-books are the preferred format due to their advantages in terms of 24X7 access, multiple simultaneous usage, immediacy and ability to integrate into online course materials. Print books will still be acquired if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • if the title is required urgently to meet teaching or research needs and only the print book is available
  • if an e-book copy is not available within a reasonable time period or a suitable e-book alternate title cannot be found
  • titles that are prescribed or recommended reading for units (the print ordering formula will be reduced when an e-book is available)
  • when the content is image rich and the image quality is not adequate for teaching, learning or research needs eg. visual arts titles
  • when specific teaching, learning or research reasons exist for obtaining the print format
  • when the license or conditions of use of the e-book do not allow the book to be used effectively to meet teaching, learning or research needs
  • if there are technical issues that do not allow adequate or satisfactory usage
  • rare or special collection items where the physical object is required

Reading List Ordering Guideline

The ordering of reading list resources to support teaching units or courses is treated as a high priority by the Library. All unit chairs should send their lists of prescribed and recommended readings to your Liaison Librarian or book orders team. Reading lists for all units are checked each trimester and orders are placed according to the Reading List Ordering Guideline (PDF) that takes into account:

  • the number of enrolments at each campus where the unit is taught
  • whether the title is a prescribed or recommended text
  • whether the title is available as an e-book
  • the number of titles on the reading list

The Library uses the Reading List Ordering Guideline to provide appropriate and sufficient access to reading list prescribed and recommended resources. The Library does not normally provide class sets of textbooks as students are generally expected to purchase prescribed textbooks. E-textbooks are actively acquired if they can be made available through the Library Catalogue as they provide more flexible access for students.

Requesting journals and databases

Requesting journals and databases

Requests for journals or electronic databases should be sent to either your Liaison Librarian or to .

A New Journal or Database request form is also available.

Requests for the purchase of new serial material are reviewed by the Library Manager for each Faculty. All purchase recommendations are then considered by the Library Collection Advisory Group. Purchase decisions are made according to priority and budget availability.

E-preferred policy

The Library's policy is to purchase the electronic format of new journals rather than print if available. The exceptions to this are identified in:
E-preferred policy for Journals

Trial databases

Trial databases

The Library encourages trials of new databases or eresources to allow students and staff the opportunity to evaluate their suitability and use. Feedback from trials is used to inform possible purchase decisions.

Trials of new electronic resources can be arranged by contacting your Liaison Librarian or completing a New Journal or Database request form.

Access to the trial resources is available via the new resources and trial databases link on the Library Website. At the end of each trial it is important that a full evaluation of the resource is made and sent to .

If you have further queries regarding requesting or trialling a new journal or database please contact your Liaison Librarian or Electronic Resources Librarian, .

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