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Prescribed and Recommended Textbook Guidelines
To provide guidelines for the purchase of prescribed and recommended textbooks for the Library collections.
James Cook University Libraries in Townsville and Cairns.
The Library will not purchase the following prescribed or recommended texts:
Course packs and student packs prepared by Schools for distribution to students. If a course pack (e.g. a book of readings or CD-ROM) or learning guide is prepared by the University for student purchase, Schools are required to deposit with the Library to be made available in a Library lending collection.
eTextbooks and eBooks where the Library is unable to comply with licence conditions.
Student packs produced by publishers that require web or single user access registration by an individual student.
Student workbooks which are required to be completed by the student.
eBook: An eBook is normally an electronic version of a printed book although they can and do exist without any printed equivalent.
eTextbooks: eTextbooks are written for students and published for use in educational institutions. eTextbooks may be born digital and not available in print.
Prescribed textbooks: Prescribed textbooks are texts listed as required reading in the subject outline and are intended as a primary source of study material for the subject.
Recommended texts: Recommended texts are secondary or supplementary texts that complement the subject study materials.
Guidelines and Procedures
The Library purchase of prescribed and recommended textbooks is to provide alternative access for JCU students to learning resources listed on subject outlines. Students are normally expected to purchase or have access to their own copy of prescribed textbooks.
1. Prescribed Textbooks
The guidelines that apply to the purchase of prescribed or set textbooks.
1.1 The Library will normally purchase at least one print copy of the prescribed textbook according to a formula based on student enrolment numbers (not EFTSLs) as reported on the University’s student statistics database for each subject.
1.1.1 The following formula is used:
1 copy per subject / per campus / for every forty students normally up to a limit of 7 copies.
1.2 The Library will also purchase a digital print-equivalent of a prescribed textbook which can be made available under Library licence conditions.
1.3 The prescribed textbooks purchased under this Guideline are those listed with the University Bookshop prior to the start of each semester.
1.4 All print copies of prescribed texts acquired for the Library will be placed on 2 day loan. Prescribed texts are not part of the “floating” collection however inter-campus and off-campus borrowing of prescribed texts is permitted.
1.5 Dictionaries, style guides and other reference works that are a prescribed text will be purchased on the basis of one copy per campus with any print copy located in the Library reference collection.
1.6 Where there is considerable demonstrated demand for a prescribed text during the semester, the liaison librarian can request the purchase of an additional copy of the text.
1.7 Chapters from prescribed texts in very high demand may be recommended for inclusion in e-Reserve.
2. Recommended Texts
The guidelines apply to the purchase of recommended texts.
2.1 The Library will normally purchase one print copy per subject / per campus of any additional texts that are required or recommended for students to consult for University courses.
2.2 The Library will also purchase a digital print-equivalent of a recommended text which can be made available under Library licence conditions.
2.3 Where there is considerable demonstrated demand for a recommended text during the semester the liaison librarian can request the purchase of an additional print copy of the text.
2.4 Dictionaries, style guides and other reference works that are a recommended text will be purchased on the basis of one copy per campus and be located in the Library reference collection. 2.5 Chapters from recommended texts or readings in very high demand may be recommended for inclusion in e-Reserve.
Related documents, legislation or JCU Statutes
Associate Director, Information Resources
Director, Library and Information Services
Date for next review:
20 June 2007
20 May 2009