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New Book Lists

July 29th, 2008

Why aren’t there more new books in my area, library science? When I looked in the new book list, I only saw eight titles listed. I’m sure there are many more than eight books on library science that have been published recently.

I know you have been looking at the new book list in you discipline available through the “New Books” link in the catalog or by going directly to http://library.wayne.edu/resources/new_books/.

WHAT IS CONTAINED IN THE NEW BOOKS LIST

Books that appear on the new books lists are those for which catalog records have been received and posted within the time period of the search and are in the LC Classification range for the subject area. To use your discipline, library science, as an example, this means only books with numbers from Z or ZA are listed in the list of new library science books. Books appear on the list when they have catalog dates more recent than the last time the updates were run and when they have item records and order records attached.

The list gets updated about once a week.

Books on the lists can still be “In Process” and may not yet have got to the shelves. The books on the lists have, however, been received in cataloging. Books with the status “In Process” can be requested by clicking on the “Get It” button. They will be rush processed and brought to a circulation desk to be picked up.

Often books relevant to a discipline fall outside the designated LC Classification range for a subject area. Library science materials, for example, often fall into such subject areas as education, technology, computer science, law, the social sciences and business. When this happens, the books are found in the new book lists for the subject areas associated with their LC Classifications. It is always a good idea to browse the new books lists for related disciplines.

I should also point out that electronic books are not listed in the new book lists by discipline. They appear only on the New Ebooks list, which you can locate by clicking on the “Electronic Resources” link in the catalog.

THE ORDERING PROCESS

Each discipline/selection area has a budget for new books for a budget year. In each area, we spend the allotted funds based on the curriculum(s) in the discipline, faculty requests, other patron requests, suggestions from librarian colleagues, and, of course, the judgment of the librarian building the collection in that area.

Differing numbers of new books will appear on the lists at different points during the year. Publishers have varying publishing cycles; orders are often grouped to allow more efficient processing; some orders are placed for books which have not yet been published; and some orders are submitted to coincide with curricular developments in a program. Again to use the example of library science, we have recently purchased a number of items for the new Records Management certificate program. All of these factors, as well as the exigencies of the budget process, contribute to a continual, if uneven flow of books into our collection.