Librarians depend on faculty to participate actively in collection development. All academic departments and selected programs receive annual allocations from the library’s operating budget for the purchase of books, videos, DVDs, and other information resources necessary to support the curriculum in relevant academic disciplines. Department chairs and program directors are responsible for distributing allocations among faculty members or approving/submitting orders on behalf of the department.
All materials that departments purchase with their library allocations are cataloged and added to the library’s collection.
Book review journals such as Choice, Booklist, and Library Journal, are available in print format in the library and may be searched electronically via Academic Search Premier. Journals of professional associations and other discipline-specific journals also carry reviews.
Choice covers scholarly works and has become a recognized source of quality book reviews for academic libraries.