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Acquisitions & Collection Services

FAQ

What vendors do we use for streaming videos?

We use FMG on Demand and Alexander Street Press.

Do we have perpetual ownership to the videos from these vendors?

ASP videos are owned with perpetual rights. In rare cases, ASP can lose the rights or they can change their platform which can cause links to break. There are many issues that can lead to bad links and Athena Hoeppner is always on top of those as soon as she gets word. FMG on Demand titles are leased for three years but we do extend the lease three more years if there is a request. If a professor knows they are going to use the title more than three years, then we will explore options for either perpetual purchase or subscription.

Are FMG and Alexander Street Press safe to download to WebCourses?

Content on FMG or Alexander Street Press are as safe as any streaming video content can be. With FMG, we just need to know the specific titles so we can do all that is possible to ensure continued success.

If a professor signs up for Swank DigitalCampus, is he safe?

Yes. The library does not subscribe to Swank DigitalCampus but we do help administer it. Films from Swank's DigitalCampus are selected only by faculty requests for use in WebCourses. Once added to our collection, titles can be used in any course that semester.

Where does the materials budget originate?

The Director of Libraries receives the a budget from the UCF administration. After review and payment of essential processes, the remaining budget is given to the materials or collection development. The Acquisitions department of the library allocates the materials budget for all reoccurring materials such as journals, approval plan, and databases. After all reoccurring materials are paid, the remainder of money is allocated to the one-time purchase of materials. All materials purchased are based on a formula that allocates money to degree programs.

What money does the librarian manage?

The librarians are given money for non-reoccurring, one-time purchase of print or ebook monograph materials.

Does the library have a collection development policy?

There is a collection development policy for each subject area.

Who can recommend materials?

Any faculty member or student may recommend materials. Faculty members may send recommendations to their faculty library liaison, the subject librarian, or through the recommendation form. For example, if a faculty member would like to recommend materials for Physics, they can go to the CD librarian page to find the contact for the Physics librarians and contact the librarian directly. Or go to the recommendation form and fill out required fields. It is recommended, if you are are faculty member with a request to contact the librarian for your subject area. The recommendation form is recommended for students.

Who can be contacted for program proposals and accreditation?

Please contact Michael Arthur, Head of Acquisitions & Collection Services, and the subject librarian for program proposal questions.

Where does the money for new program proposals originate?

New program proposal monies are provided by the University. The department proposing the new program must request the money for library materials.

Can the library add journals and databases to the collection?

Yes, but the library would have to cancel a reoccurring journal or database to add a new database or journal. This is the policy, due to budget restrictions on reoccurring materials.

Are there limits to the amount of money spent on a specific material?

The approval plan cap is $150.00 per book, but firm orders are not limited by price. On the other hand, videos/media are limited to $300.00 per unit, and this must include public performance rights.

Can the approval plan profile be changed?

Each subject department has a specific approval plan. To recommend changes, please contact the collection development librarian for your specific subject area.

How many ebooks does the library buy?

Based on delivery method and subject area the amount of ebooks is steadily increasing. The majority of the libraries ebooks have been purchased with funds received from granted tech fees. All Springer, Cambridge, and Oxford ebook titles were purchased with technology fee funding

Why are some journals print and others electronic?

The UCF libraries has 1200 print journals out of 35,000 total journal titles. UCF purchases print titles if the journal is not available in electronic format, the electronic version does not offer acceptable online access, i.e. the journal does not offer perpetual rights. UCF libraries offers some journals in both formats because electronic version does not offer perpetual rights. Therefore, buying print will ensure the library has access to the journals if the electronic version is terminated.

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