About Approval Plans
An approval plan is a method used by libraries to automate the purchase of newly published books. The library creates a profile that specifies the characteristics, or parameters, of new books the library is interested in purchasing. These parameters include publisher, subject, call number range, price, and many more. A company functioning as an intermediary reviews newly published books and evaluates how well they fit the library’s profile. Items that match all of the parameters in the library’s approval profile are sent to the library automatically. Books that only match some of the parameters are listed in a weekly email that allows the library to either approve or reject them.
The NU Library Plan
The NU Library maintains an approval plan with the following broad parameters:
- Religion subject area.
- Books by Abingdon, Baker/Brazos, Eerdmans, IVP, Westminster/John Knox, and Zondervan are sent automatically. An additional 40 publishers are received pending approval.
- Price: books under $50 are shipped automatically.
- The complete approval plan (PDF) contains dozens of additional parameters, including: publisher list, pages 4-5; subject areas, pages 6-8; and non-subject parameters on pages 9-13.
Faculty interested in reviewing and recommending books based on the weekly approval email should contact the Library Director.
Each Saturday, faculty members who are on the approval plan list will receive a weekly email from DoNotReply@Ybp.com with the title GOBI Notification: Religion Approval Slips.
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