Film and Video Faculty Guide to the Library: Requesting new library materials
Library storage costs
The University Libraries have a flat collection development budget for 2015-16, which means that we must cut budgets again to allow for price increases. Also, we are very aware of the costs of storing materials. Below are some figures, and following, a form to request materials. In addition to the purchase price, there are the following costs and considerations:
Estimated Annual Storage Costs:
- $4.26/ volume annually in stacks
- $1.53/volume annually in high-density storage system 
For every 10,000 monographs added (net):
- 2,000 square feet of space is required; 2007 construction cost/square foot: $300 = $600,000
- For every 10,000 monographs retained in stacks, lifetime maintenance cost: $1,195,600 
Circulation probability (1979):
- If a book did not circulate within the first 2 years of ownership, its chances of ever being borrowed were reduced to 25%
- If a book did not circulate within the first 6 years of ownership, its chances of ever being borrowed were reduced to 2%.
2010: On average for 4-year colleges, 53% of books published 2006 or earlier never circulate. If a minimum of 2 uses were established as a criterion for a cost-effective acquisitions program, 71% of the titles would not have been purchased. Book circulations per enrolled student have decreased from an average of 15 in 1997 to 6 in 2007. 
 Courant, Paul and Matthew “Buzzy” Nielsen. “On the Cost of Keeping a Book.” CLIR pub 147: The Idea of Order: Transforming Research Collections for 21st Century Scholarship. 2010.
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- Criteria for purchase:
- materials should support the course assignments and the research needs of students;
- materials should be used at least twice in the first 2 years after purchase
- consider the quality of the scholarship, uniqueness, authoritativeness, or creativity.
- Check to see if we own the item.
- Use Document Delivery for obtaining items to support your research; encourage students to do the same.
- Send emailed requests to librarian Amber Dierking (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There are many alternatives to expensive textbooks. GVSU Libraries' Open Educational Resources guide may be useful.
- Open Access texts
- alternative texts
- University Presses & Scholarly Publishers
- info about using Library E-books
- Open Educational Resources (OERs)
- & more.
Email me with open educational resources you are using!