While we call it "book ordering," professors may order any non-serial items with departmental "book" funds. That includes DVDs, electronic books, microfilm, etc. "Book" funds cannot be used to purchase an item that has an annual or recurring cost, like a journal. Refer to the Journal Ordering page for instruction for ordering journals.
Calvin students depend on the expertise of professors to maintain a collection that supports the curriculum and their research. Approximately 60% of the library’s book budget is "loaned" to academic departments for this purpose. Each academic department appoints a book order coordinator (BOC) who encourages colleagues to order responsibly and who monitors the department’s book budget throughout the year. Linda McFadden, Collection Development Librarian, oversees the process; faculty members may also receive (or solicit) collection development advice from their department's librarian.
(Note that this process applies only to the college. Members of the seminary should contact Luge Schemper for details about book ordering for the seminary.)
To help the book ordering process go smoothly, please note:
Orders may be submitted by:
On May 1, all remaining funds return to the library and are spent at the discretion of librarians. This deadline allows the librarians to retain better control of year-end funds, and to build up areas of the collection that may need development. Direct questions about book ordering to Linda McFadden or your department’s librarian.