Purchase Recommendations

Purchase Recommendations

Each member of the faculty is encouraged to help develop the library’s collections according to the anticipated needs of the students.  Disciplinary materials allocation may be used for books, eBooks, new periodical subscriptions, audiovisual materials, and other educational formats.  Database recommendations are handled on a case by case basis by contacting the Director of Libraries. Software needed for personal or class use is not covered by the library materials budget.

Materials purchased with library funds are cataloged and housed as part of the college library collections, available to all Salem borrowers.  First priority is given to purchases for student use in completing course-related research.

Because Salem does not have a large library budget, we do not usually order more than one copy of a given title.

In order to have the money spent by the end of the fiscal year (June 30), it is required that faculty members have their requests committed by June 1st at the latest. This allows enough time for the order to be completed, and the invoices paid within the fiscal year. Orders received after June 1st are charged against the next fiscal year.

All requests for library purchases are forwarded to the Director of Libraries.  Items ordered become evident in the online catalog along with a status report (e.g., on order, received, available).  Requests for titles already in the collections are returned with notation of the call number.

If you have any questions about purchases please email the Director of Libraries, Elizabeth Novicki, at elizabeth.novicki@salem.edu

Please use the following “Library Purchase Recommendation Form” to request materials.

Choice Reviews Online

Through Salem College Libraries’ new subscription to Choice Reviews Online, you now have immediate access to reviews of new academic titles in your field! Rather than relying on the librarians to supply you with the latest Choice cards, you are able to browse current reviews, email reviews to colleagues, search for books by subject, year, readership level( and much more), save searches and lists of titles of interest to you, and set up a personal profile to receive monthly alerts of new titles published in your field.

Creating a profile

When you create a profile, you specify exactly what kinds of books interest you by:

  • subject area(s)
  • interdisciplinary categories
  • keywords in title
  • readership level (e.g., lower-division undergraduates)
  • Choice recommendation (e.g., “essential”)

Then every month, Choice will send you an email containing reviews that match your profile. It’s that easy! If you would like the library to order a book, simply fill out the “Purchase Recommendation Form” below.

To create your profile, simply follow these instructions: Choice Profile Instructions

Questions??? email library@salem.edu