How can you make sure that the Library has all the books you need for your essay, project or thesis? This post explains how students helped to shape our Library collections by participating in our “More Books – Your Books” scheme 2018 (More Books 2018), and how you too can get involved this time around to ensure the Library has all the books you need for essays, projects or theses… By Karen Jackson
We listened to your feedback, and saw the NSS results – the Library had insufficient texts. But we didn’t know WHICH texts were most needed. So, in 2018 we set about creating a scheme whereby our students could tell us directly which books they required to enhance their studies.
For three weeks in January and February 2018, we invited students to tell us which books they would like the Library to purchase to help support their studies by participating in More Books 2018. Chris Bradford, our lovely Academic Support Librarian for Education, Centre for Applied Linguistics, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Politics and International Studies, wrote a fantastic post to explain why we came up with the idea in the first place, which departments placed the most requests, and which books were most popular. More Books 2018 had a fantastic response and over £10,000 was spent on nearly 200 books which have both enriched our collections and supported learning. The Library was delighted with the positive and appreciative responses from students:
“Thank you very much for letting me know, this is cool indeed. It is my pleasure to contribute to the Library.”
“Thank you so much for this. I am sure many of us at the university will make great use of these two books.”
We have consequently decided that More Books – Your Books! should be a regular event in the Library calendar, and it is up and running again now until 1st February. We have already had some brilliant suggestions and are again impressed by the range of requests.
We have had requests to support research projects, for additional copies of core texts in heavy demand and for wider reading to support personal and academic development. All requests are welcomed and will receive a speedy response to let you know when your book is likely to be available.
So, why not get involved with your Library and tell us if there is a book you would like us to buy? Also, you can simply contact your Academic Support Librarian who will be happy to help!
Have you been struggling with finding a book or a specific edition you need for your studies? Or perhaps you would like more sources for your personal development? Tweet us at @warwicklibrary, email us at [email protected], or leave a comment below.
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