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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.
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:
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 Library uses the Reading List Ordering Guideline (PDF) to provide appropriate and sufficient access to reading list resources. The Library does not normally provide class sets of textbooks: students are normally expected to purchase prescribed textbooks but the Library does provide copies based on the Reading List Ordering Guideline. Reading list e-books and e-textbooks are actively acquired if they can be made available through the Library Catalogue as they provide access for a large number of students and are available 24X7.
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.
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:
Guidelines for maintaining print journal subscriptions when electronic access is available
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have further queries regarding requesting or trialling a new journal or database please contact your Liaison Librarian or Electronic Resources Librarian, Susanne Glynn.
Information resources provided by Deakin University Library are subject to license and copyright law and all users are legally obliged to comply. All use of electronic resources subscribed to by Deakin University Library is for educational, research or personal use only. Information must not be used for commercial purposes or re-sold in any way. Any copyright resides with the original author or publisher.
User rights for licensed resources are documented in resource licensing records and communicated via the library catalogue. License information can be found under 'more info' on the full item display for books, journals and videos, and under 'License' when viewing database records.
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