Links for Faculty

SU faculty and librarians partner in developing a balanced library collection that meets faculty and student needs and supports wider intellectual and leisure exploration for the campus community.

The current Faculty Handbook says of academic department and program chairs that “Working with department colleagues and library liaisons, the chair is responsible for developing a strong library collection to undergird the teaching in the department.” (2011-12 Faculty Handbook, p. 15)

The links below may be helpful to any faculty member recommending library acquisitions; please also feel free to call on your library liaison or the head of collection development and acquisition with questions.

CHOICE Reviews Online
Turn off your browser’s popup blocker when using Choice Reviews Online, and always use the “GO” button (not the return key) when logging in.

Faculty use Choice Reviews Online to get citations and reviews of books and digital resources. Creating an account in the Choice search interface allows faculty to email reviews to library liaisons, to save lists, to create individual interest profiles and to receive monthly emails with reviews of newly reviewed books or websites that fit selected criteria. Clicking on an ISBN will search the library holdings via

YBP Academia
Online magazine and resource for academic librarians. Recommended subject lists, academic prize winners, current events lists, etc. Many lists download with Excel.

Acquisitions Staff Links
The Smith Library Center Acquisitions staff frequently use the vendors on this list, and most have websites faculty can search for new or out-of-print books, DVDs, CDs, Spanish, French, German, and Chinese materials, music scores, etc.