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.
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 system comprised of subject
bibliographers and guided by the Collection Development
Policy which is regularly updated to reflect changes in the
and 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. 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.
recommendations may be submitted via our online Book
Recommendations Form. This form is for recommending books
that you think the library should acquire, and purchase decisions
will be made at the discretion of the library. Faculty should
order books through the regular channels.
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.