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Collection Development

Information about library collections including how to request purchases as well as policies and selection tools.

On Demand Purchasing @ Georgia Southern

The University Libraries use an "On Demand" purchasing model for purchasing physical library materials including books and DVDs.   The "On Demand" model means that the library gives first priority to purchasing books explicitly requested by Georgia Southern students, faculty and staff. Georgia Southern students, faculty and staff may request new books for purchase through the four methods  listed below. For assistance or more information, contact Debra Skinner on the Statesboro campus at dskinner@georgiasouthern.edu or Beth Burnett on the Armstrong campus at nburnett@georgiasouthern.edu


1. Request Purchase of ON DEMAND Books via GIL-Find Catalog or Discover @ Georgia Southern

All Georgia Southern students, faculty and staff may request new books for purchase by the library directly through the GIL-Find catalog and Discover @ Georgia Southern. These books appear as "ON DEMAND" or "Available by Request" in the search results.  Requests should include the campus (Statesboro or Savannah) for which the material is intended as well as contact information for the requester.

 

2. Request Purchase of Titles in the University System of Georgia Libraries via GIL-Find Catalog or Discover @ Georgia Southern

All Georgia Southern students, faculty and staff may request for purchase any title listed in the combined University System of Georgia GiL -Find Catalog not owned by Georgia Southern using the University System of Georgia scope in the GIL-Find Catalog.   Requests should include the campus (Statesboro or Savannah) for which the material is intended as well as contact information for the requester.

  • To request purchase of books via GIL-Find, follow these instructions.
  • To request purchase of  books via Discover @ Georgia Southern, follow these instructions.

 

3. Request Materials Using the Library's Purchase Request Form

Request books and other materials using the library's Purchase Request Form.  Requests should include the campus (Statesboro or Savannah) for which the material is intended as well as contact information for the requester.


4. Contact the Library Liaison for your Department

Contact your Library Liaison to request books or materials for the library collection. Your Liaison will work with you to select and request library resources.
 

For assistance or more information, contact Debra Skinner on the Statesboro campus at dskinner@georgiasouthern.edu or Beth Burnett on the Armstrong campus at nburnett@georgiasouthern.edu.


Collection Policy Highlights

  • Print Books
    Paperbacks are selected first when there is a significant price difference. However, if there is anticipated heavy use of the book or the price difference is minimal, hardcover is preferred. 
     
  • Electronic Books
    Preferred format is based on the needs of the patrons. Generally, ebooks are preferred in the STEM areas and print books in the humanities. Other considerations include the support of online course curriculum.  
     
  • Serials (Print/Electronic)
    Serials are purchased or subscribed in all areas of the curriculum, as are those of a popular or current awareness nature. The library continually accept requests for new serial additions to the library. 
     
  • Textbooks
    The acquisition of textbooks is discouraged. Exceptions are made for those subject areas for which some textbooks provide the best coverage of a subject. The library does not purchase textbooks required for courses.