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Order Prioritization Policy

Order Priorities


This policy is pending revision as we no longer us request cards,
but the intent and overall spirit of the policy is still in effect.

Within the budgetary limitations materials requested that are not unnecessary duplicates of library holdings will be ordered if a source of supply can be found.  Request cards for material determined to be out of print or unavailable from regular trade sources, will be returned to the requesting department with suggestions or questions about procuring the material.

Requests designated "rush" receive immediate attention by the Acquisitions and Catalog Departments.  These requests are searched in the normal pattern except that an extended search for cataloging copy is not conducted prior to order.  Efforts are made to obtain "rush" items through local sources or to place the orders by telephone.  Priority shipment is often requested.  "Rush" orders may be acquired directly from the publishers or a known source of supply.

Requests submitted from an out of print dealers's catalog are designated "rush-order," which means that they receive immediate attention by the Acquisitions Department but are handled in the normal manner by the Catalog Department (unless the material is urgently needed by the individual making the request).

Request cards bearing the phrases "notify (name)" or "reserve (course number and semester)" receive prompt attention by the Acquisitions and Catalog Departments. When completely cataloged, the Circulation Department or other holding agency notifies the requester.

This page was last updated 04/19/2010
Please send questions/comments/suggestions to
Steve Knowlton, Interim Head of Collection Management

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