Archives—August 2016

Recommending a Purchase

The library aims to provide active collections that are focused on today’s research and teaching needs and those likely to support emerging research. The library has not built substantial, in-depth collections that are available “in case” of need. To ensure that faculty and their students have the materials needed, we offer an array of services to make it easy for faculty to borrow materials or to make recommendations for purchase.

Journal subscriptions are initiated by October 1 for the 2017 subscription year. Selection is based on faculty-identified titles that are critical to their research and teaching; secondarily, the library analyzes cost per use for three years and also considers the cost of the subscription in order to make judicious use of our funds. Journal recommendations can be made at any time to library@mtu.edu or to the departmental liaison. Typically, all funds are committed for journals and other continuing resources such as databases by October 1.

We provide anytime, anywhere access to thousands of journal titles discoverable through the HuskyFetch link in Google Scholar and most library databases. Articles not immediately available can be requested through ILLiad, your interlibrary loan account. Articles are typically received within 11 hours of request, Monday through Friday. A special RUSH service with a delivery time of less than four hours is also available, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. The RUSH checkbox can be found on the ILLiad request form. 

Using ILLiad or our RUSH service to request materials provides the library with an additional data source to ascertain the need for subscriptions. There are generally no charges to you associated with ILLiad or RUSH. On occasion, a copyright fee is required but the requester is asked for permission prior to ordering the article.

There are two ways to recommend books and other one-time purchases. Complete and submit a Recommend a Purchase request or suggest a purchase through your ILLiad account when you complete a “Books/Media, etc.” request. Most books purchased will arrive within three days. Faculty may wish to borrow an item through interlibrary loan to review it before recommending a purchase. Most items requested through ILLiad or MeLCat are delivered in ten days. While the library doesn’t purchase required textbooks, we provide a course reserve collection and faculty are welcomed to include their personal copies for a semester. Students appreciate having recommended reading on our print and e-reserve system.

Consulting with a librarian or archivist is recommended when planning library resources for research and teaching. To request a consultation, complete a Consultation Request and we will arrange a meeting at your convenience.