Acquisitions Department is responsible for the ordering, receiving
and billing of all books, videos and periodical materials for the
collection. The staff consists of three librarians and three clerks.
We acquire between 7,000 to 10,000 books and 200 to 400 videos a
year, and are maintaining over 2,500 subscriptions.
department's main concern is to obtain material as quickly as possible.
We aim to have our turn around down to three weeks for 70% of orders.
Out of print and hard to obtain materials may take longer. To reduce
the fulfillment time, we are ordering directly off vendor Web sites.
Our receiving and accounting procedures will be moved into Horizon's
LIUCAT in the near future. This will allow us to discard our paper
files and reduce the double bookkeeping we have had to do.
Collection is developed through a liaison
system comprised of subject
bibliographers and guided by the Collection Development Policy
which is regularly updated to reflect changes in the curriculum.
faculty are also invited to submit title requests. Title requests
may be submitted on a white request card, via Collection Manager
or emailed to Charles
Guarria or Julia
Bock. To facilitate requesting, we have opened up access to
Blackwell's Collection Manager. This is Blackwell's Book Services
online database of 1.2 million titles. It may be searched by title
keyword, author keyword and ISBN. Subject access is through subject
lists and classification schedules. Interested persons may contact
us at (718) 780-4181 for further information or to schedule a
training session for ordering.
may be submitted via our online Book
Recommendations Form. This form is for recommending books that
you think the library should acquire. The purchase decisions will
be made at the discretion of the library. Faculty should order books
through the regular channels.
We greatly appreciate
all gifts we receive. However, in accordance with our gift policy,
materials are incorporated into the library's collection at the
discretion of the librarians.
Department Faculty and Staff