The Reinert-Alumni Library adheres to a Collection Development Policy that stresses wise materials selection and fiscal responsibility towards the University budget. Questions about selecting material in print and electronic format may be addressed to Mike Poma, Reference and Collections Management Librarian, at (402) 280-2298.
Books and Media
Funds for books, e-books, DVDs, and other media are allocated by the Library to every academic department on a fiscal year basis. Orders can be submitted in almost any form -- order slips, book reviews, publisher's ads, emails, or spreadsheets -- as long as the information is complete. Complete orders include:
- Author and title
- Publisher, publication date, and edition (if applicable)
- ISBN (International Standard Book Number)
- Department fund
- Department approval, usually the Chair
The Library provides several tools to select items for purchase and to find complete information, including Books in Print, Choice, and Resources for College Libraries (RCLweb). Departments are encouraged to spread their orders between July 1st and the order deadline, which is in March on the Friday after spring break. Although "rush" requests will be expedited, please allow ample time for items to be received and processed. Books that are on order appear in the Library Catalog (CLIC) with the call number XX.
Contact Marcey Gibson, Acquisitions Specialist, to submit library orders or to learn your department's account balance.
Faculty are free to use their department's library materials allocation to lease or purchase films in digital format for access via the web. Many films and film segments are already available from Films On Demand and Academic Video Online, but additional titles are available from a variety of other film producers. The same provisions for approval and submission that apply to book and media orders apply to orders for streaming video.
Contact Rick Kerns, Head of Technical Services, for assistance with streaming video purchases.
New Journal Requests
The Library follows an annual review process to ensure that the journal collection, both print and electronic, serves the needs of the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Business. Department chairs receive a list of journal subscriptions every year in April. Faculty are asked to review the list by June 1st to confirm that the titles match curricular and research needs. New journal title requests and cancellations are submitted during the annual review process.
Contact Rick Kerns, Head of Technical Services, to learn more about the journal review process or to request a new subscription.
New Course Funds
The purpose of the New Course Funds is to develop and enhance the library collection especially in areas where little emphasis has been placed in the past. Funds are awarded on a one-time basis and must be expended within the fiscal year. The amount varies depending on the academic discipline, relative cost, projected enrollment, and the number of other new courses in need of support.
Contact Mike Poma, Reference and Collections Management Librarian, if you would like to request funds for a new course.