The Waidner-Spahr Library seeks to acquire print copies of monographs for which the author or primary editor is a Dickinson faculty member. Materials are displayed near the main entrance to the library, and may be borrowed. As new publications arrive, older ones are rotated off the display and become part of the permanent collection. Publications typically stay on the display for 7-9 months from the time the library receives them.
If the faculty member is the principal author or editor of an entire book, a second copy is acquired for Archives and Special Collections. If the faculty member is the author of a book chapter, one copy of the book is purchased for the main collection, and a photocopy of the chapter is retained in Archives and Special Collections. Copies of textbooks authored/edited by faculty are not purchased for the main collection, but one copy may be acquired for Archives and Special Collections, if available in print at a reasonable cost.
Photocopies of journal articles authored by faculty are displayed on a rotating basis, with newer publications replacing older ones on the display. Copies are retained in Archives and Special Collections after they come off the display.
Copies of other types of work by faculty are acquired selectively (format, availability, and relevance to the current curriculum are considered). Search the library catalog for information on specific works in the library collection.
Faculty are invited to notify their departmental liaison librarian if they have a new publication, and will also be invited to submit their work for inclusion in Dickinson Scholar, our institutional repository. Faculty are encourage to donate new copies of their publications to the library, but the library also purchases faculty works as outlined in our policy.
Archives & Special Collections acquires selected alumni authored works. A selection of alumni works are displayed during Alumni Weekend, and some are also available in the main library collection. Search the library catalog for information on specific works.
Donations of new copies of works are welcome, but the library also purchases alumni works that are within our collection scope. Alumni are invited to contact Archives & Special Collections with information about their publications.
Dickinson faculty members are encouraged to submit their original scholarship to Dickinson Scholar. This work may include published articles, conference presentations, artistic creations, interviews or documentaries, surveys or studies, or research data. If you are interested in submitting some of your own work, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.