Principles of acquisition
1. GENERAL PRINCIPLES
1.1. The Library of the Estonian University of Life Sciences is responsible for the acquisition of publications required for the study, research, and development of the university.
1.2. The tasks of the Estonian University of Life Sciences Library include the acquisition and preservation of literature on interdisciplinary fields related to the bioeconomy in Estonia.
1.3. Acquisition sources are purchases from stores, publishers, mediation companies, and individuals, as well as exchanges and donations.
1.4. The Director of Collection Development is responsible for the acquisition of literature.
2. SELECTION CRITERIA FOR PUBLICATIONS
2.1. In the acquisition of publications are considered next principles:
- university research and development strategies
- current curricula
- the prioritization of e-collections
2.2. In the acquisition of publications by type are considered next principles:
2.2.1. Scientific literature
Scientific literature is acquired according to orders from academic units. Also are acquired EMÜ publications, works published by EMÜ lecturers and researchers, master and doctoral theses defended in the EMÜ and by EMÜ members.
2.2.2. Study literature
Literature on bioeconomy studies in Estonian and published in Estonia will be acquired. Foreign language study literature is procured in response to requests from university units.
2.2.3. Reference literature
Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference books are acquired according to the needs of library readers.
2.2.4. Popular science and applied literature
Popular science and applied literature are acquired according to the directions of the university's study, research and development activities and selectively according to the suggestions of the university units.
Fiction is purchased very selectively.
Estonian periodicals, magazines, and weekly newspapers are acquired according to the demand of readers. Foreign periodicals are acquired based on requests from university units.
3. TYPE AND NUMBER OF COPIES OF ACQUIRED PUBLICATIONS
To ensure a greater number of users preference is given to purchasing e-books.
Physical materials are mainly ordered as follows:
3.1. Scientific literature – 1-3 copies
3.2. Study literature – 1 textbook for 5 students
3.3. Reference literature
- encyclopedias – 1-2 copies
- dictionaries – 1-20 copies
- manuals, lexicons – 1-5 copies
- laws, regulations – 1 copy
- statistical collections – 1 copy
- bibliographies – 1 copy
- atlases – 1 copy
3.4. Popular science and applied literature selectively – 1-5 copies
3.5. Fiction very selectively – 1 copy
- national daily and weekly newspapers selectively – 1-2 copies
- Estonian magazines selectively – 1-2 copies
- foreign scientific journals selectively – 1 copy
4. PROCEDURE OF ACQUISITION OF PUBLICATIONS
The library acquires publications according to the suggestions of the university units. Order must contain information about the publication, the number of users (students) in the study literature, and the number of copies. Orders fulfillment depends on the availability of funds allocated for acquisition. The Director of Collection Development is responsible for the submitting of orders to the publishers or the intermediary companies.