Library Purchases Policies and Procedures

Library liaisons work with academic departmental faculty and the students to build and manage the library collection. Factors we consider when adding or withdrawing items from the collection include:

  • the appropriateness of the item for coursework and research
  • the item’s fundamental value (such as having won an award or being heavily cited)
  • local interest (such as the author being a WSU faculty member)
  • the physical condition of the item
  • whether the item is available in digital form online.

Fund Allocation

Funds for one-time purchases are allocated to academic departments based on a formula which has two parts: a base allocation and a variable portion which is calculated based on credit hours, majors, and the number of faculty. Programs that have advisory committees and directors with release time also have separate funding allocations.

Departments and programs may request library purchases with these funds until March 1st by contacting their library liaison. After that time the remainder may be reallocated for spending on other library resources.

Requesting Subscriptions and Licenses

Licenses and subscriptions are not charged to individual departments. The library evaluates current and potential subscriptions based on:

  • the appropriateness of the resources for coursework and research
  • the actual or anticipated usage of the resources
  • the proportion of ongoing expenditures devoted to each college of the university

When the subscription budget has to be reduced and some subscriptions cancelled, faculty in relevant academic departments will be consulted by the library faculty.

Requests for new subscriptions should be sent by the entire academic department to their library liaison.

Acquisitions Librarian

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Vernon Leighton
Office: 124A Krueger Library

Phone: 507.457.5148