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Selection of Government materials for Olin Library

This guide was created to share information about the library materials selection process for Government materials and, more importantly, to receive your feedback on collection priorities.

With some exceptions (for example, Area Studies), selection responsibilities in CUL are divided up by Library of Congress Classification. As the selector for Government materials in Olin Library, I generally cover the J's (political science), some (law), and some U's (military science and policy) along with some government documents.

Journal subscriptions consume much of the collections budget. In the areas I cover, 25% of the journal titles run upwards of $500/year, with 5% topping $1,000/year. Meanwhile, journal subscriptions continue to rise between 9% -10 % each year.

Fortunately, requesting articles from journals not held at Cornell has become much easier and much quicker via Interlibrary Loan. The Get it! Cornell link now found in many of our databases will automatically fill out the Interlibrary Loan request form. Turnaround time on article requests is averaging 2-3 days and links to electronic, and scanned, articles are delivered directly to your email.

See the tabs above for more information about current journal subscriptions in my selection areas. Please share your thoughts and comments about government collection priorities by clicking on the comments link at the end of each page, or by emailing me directly at . Thanks!

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Lynn Thitchener
Lynn Thitchener
Reference & Instruction Librarian/Government Liaison

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