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