Friday, October 20, 2006

Let the spending begin!

If you need materials, books, videos, and the like for student or departmental needs, remember that the library provides funds for each academic department to make selections for the library's collections. Departmental allocations are now in place, so feel free to make recommendations for the collections.

In fact, the sooner the better! The library aims to spend 50 percent of its budget by winter break and 100 percent by spring. Thus, we encourage you to select often and early for this academic year.

Keep in mind that the library spends much more than the departmental allocation on resources for student and faculty needs. The library subscribes to journals and databases and buys books, multimedia materials, and more, all of which are paid for with general library funds and, thus, are not reflected in the allocation. This special departmental allocation, however, is money set aside specifically for faculty to request materials for student and departmental needs.

It's so . . . E-ZBorrow

Need a book that Musselman Library doesn't own at present? Need a title that's checked out to someone else and don't have time to place a recall? Then give E-ZBorrow a go!

E-ZBorrow is one of the document delivery services the library provides to faculty, staff, and students. E-ZBorrow allows you to search several academic library online catalogs simultaneously and then request the books you need from those libraries. The resources you need then are delivered to the Musselman Library Circulation Desk.

E-ZBorrow is provided to the campus community by the library's membership in PALCI, the Pennsylvania Academic Libraries Consortium, Inc. PALCI links Gettysburg College to 65 other academic institutions in the commonwealth, including Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, Dickinson, and Franklin & Marshall, as well as in neighboring states, like Rutgers and West Virginia University.

For more information or questions, contact the library at x7024 or x6600. Or check out the E-ZBorrow webpage at