As a result of your requests the the library has either purchased, or is in the process of purchasing, over 100 books / eBooks.
We really appreciate the large number of requests included in this year's survey. Student participation is very important in developing a library collection as no one knows what you want better than you.
NOTE: Some of the suggestions were overly broad. You can improve your suggestions by narrowing them down. For instance, instead of suggesting more Children's Books, suggest a particular author or title or topic and reading level. (American Revolution for 4th graders, Science experiments for 6th graders, etc.)
ALL TITLES NOTED BELOW HAVE BEEN PURCHASED OR ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING PURCHASED. HOWEVER, IF INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS HAVE ALREADY SPENT THIS YEAR'S BUDGET, THEIR PURCHASES WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL THIS SUMMER.
LOGOS Bible Software: We will take a closer look at this resource. A one-year license would be $1500...
More books by and about the Church Fathers (Ancient Medieval Reformation era... ) We very much like this suggestion! We will continue to buy more in this area of study.
More resources for Christian Philosophy: Love this new program at AU and our Christian Philosophy professors, too! They often make timely suggestions about new books for the Library to buy, and we are glad to support teaching and study in Christian Philosophy and Apologetics.
More Christian books on Beauty and Creation: Agreed! These are lovely verses in Genesis, aren't they? "And God saw that it was good…" Will try to make this area in our collection broader/deeper...
Youth Ministry: Indeed, a class on Youth Ministry is part of the curriculum at AU. But good books on this topic are not easy to find. Please send us a few specific titles and we will try to make it happen.
Books for Communications Public Relations majors, specifically about event planning for events such as weddings, businesses and companies, etc.
Try searching the keywords "event management" in OneSearch. You will discover many ebooks and articles on the topic of event planning FYI - We have 25 books on wedding planning.
On Order - The Complete Guide to Successful Event Planning; The event planning toolkit : your guide to organizing extraordinary meetings and events;
more books that pertain to media and society.
Try searching the keywords "media and society' in Onesearch - there are many ebooks and articles on the topic
Books on social media- need more that involve current platforms
There are 243 book chapters on social media and TikTok. We will see if we can buy some more books on other current platforms. Please suggest the social media platforms.
No suggestions this year, but here are some we bought
The rest of these are big topics for which we have hundreds of eBooks and thousands of articles.
I realize that the library is mostly for research, but it would be nice to have a bit more fiction books. Especially classics like Dickens or the Brontë sisters.
Books to read for fun. Fiction. Anything that’s not for a class
More just regular books for leisure reading, not so much academic books
Kinesiology and Speech Language Pathology - what an interesting topic! We will see if we can purchase a few new resources - Please send over a few titles that you would like.
Nursing books and research
Since nursing is a topic in the sciences in which new research is being done frequently, we try to keep current access to journal articles more than print books or ebooks. Use the OneSearch tool to check through our nursing databases for the most current access to our resources
Neuroscience and rare genetic diseases
Since neuroscience is a topic in the sciences in which new research is being done frequently, we try to keep current access to journal articles more than books or ebooks. Use the OneSearch tool to check through our databases for the most current access to our resources. Please suggest specific titles and we will consider puchasing a few if possible.
Kinesiology, exercise science, and healthcare
Thrift Library has many online resources pertaining to these topics through OneSearch and our library databases.
Several students in History asked about Thrift Library and whether we could provide textbooks for their classes. The answer to that kind of question is somewhat complex -- will try to give a three-part summary: (1) Thrift Library does have a project where we try to buy E-Textbooks -- but this is not always possible since many publishers are reluctant to grant permission for "Unlimited Users" -- that's the technical name for that kind of access. (2) The Bookstore sends us a list of textbooks before every semester starts and we make purchases of this type when it seems wise for us to do so, based in part on $$$. (3) The focus of the Library's mission is somewhat different -- to provide books and articles that go "beyond the textbook."
More books, please, about the Middle East. We have heard that students in Dr. Butler's classes on the Middle East are writing some very interesting papers. Dr. Butler has been sending us many titles to buy since he came to AU several years ago --Thanks for sending those along to us, Dr. Butler. We will continue to build this part of the collection.
There were no suggestions for Interior Design this year, but here are some we bought
Becoming an Interior Designer;
Interaction for Designers: How to Make Things People Love;
Building Construction Illustrated, 6th ed.;
History of Interior Design, 2nd. Ed.
We are always looking to expand our journal access. Currently at 40,000 titles. Budget increases are currently under consideration.
More books on Spanish Language, Literature, and History, including Latin America: Love this request! Greater understanding between people in a pluralistic context, more compassion for each other. Perfect fit for Biblical values of hospitality and the love command.
Books specifically on pipe organ composers, organ construction, organ literature, and analysis of organ music. One of the Librarians responds this way. "Our church had an outstanding organist who was an AU graduate (Class of 2000). But he left for a new job in another state." We definitely need more like him, so, yes, we will look into "more organ music" Sounds like you have a few composers in mind already, and if so, don't keep it a secret! Provide a few more specifics, please...
More books on Music and Music History would be awesome! We agree! Much more music! Which classes have you taken? Say a few more words, please, about the kind of music books you have in mind...
Political Science: effects of education on voter turnout This is a focus in Dr. Wilford's research: "Why is voter turnout so low in the US?" OK, yes, we already maxed out on that part of this year's budget, but Dr. Wilford and others have promised to send us more new titles to purchase.
More Resources for International Law: Yes, that is what is stake in many global conflicts right now -- can a rules-based order prevail, as Kant describes in "Perpetual Peace"? Or, will it be anarchy of the sort Thomas Hobbes writes about in "Leviathan"? Thanks for your suggestion. We want to support the good work being done by AU students in this field, for sure!
History of American Institutions (Congress, Federal Judiciary, FBI, USPS, FCC, etc.) You are right! Government and Pre-Law course offerings continue to grow. Thrift will make a commitment to meet this growing need.
Politics and Christianity In Romans 13, Paul says we should obey gov't authority. But in Rev 13 gov't is described as an apocalyptic beast. And what does Matt 13 say? "the weeds and the wheat will grow up together before the harvest." Many things to ponder over and reflect on here for faith and politics. We will look for more books that can help!
Anything related to human sexuality, many psychological journals with prime information are unavailable to students, and primary sources from prominent psychological minds (Carl Rogers, Alfred Adler, etc.) would be great
Sometimes the library doesn't have access to the article you need. Do a keyword search in OneSearch and request through our handy ILL service.
Youth ministry and mental health:
what an interesting topic! We will see if we can find ebooks or books on that area of psychology. There also might be good timely journal articles to read.
There need to be more research articles on general psychological concepts like human development and mental illnesses.
try narrowing your topic - there are quite a few articles on human development and mental illness if you do a key word search in OneSearch.
psychology articles and materials (especially digital) - gender, family dynamics and relationship, siblings
try combining your search terms in onesearch - thousands of results
mental health in elementary students and general mental health
Try using our OneSearch tool to search your keywords to find many articles and ebooks on the topics.
human development & family studies
Many articles are found in OneSearch if you do a keyword search.
human development & family studies - many thousands of articles and book chapters can be found in OneSearch
Political Science, I would like access to Jstore for international and comparative politics - See comments on JSTOR in the Comments Section.
Modern Social Injustice or studies in psychology - many thousands of articles and book chapters in OneSearch. Please see your librarians for help with searching these topics. We can help you navigate the online databases and fine what you need!
We currently have over 2,000 books in the play section and more upstairs shelved with the authors. We acquire over 60 each year. If you ever want a specific play we don’t have, let us know and we will get it.
Happy with what we have?
In some cases the library found abundant, current resources on the suggestions gathered by the survey. Here are some ways to improve your searching.
1) Use eBooks. It may be intimidating at first, but they are identical to the books on our shelves.
2) Use alternative search terms. Your topic may be called something else.
3) Use multiple terms. Combine them with the word "Or".
4) Broaden your topic. Your topic may be a subtopic (a chapter) located in a book about something bigger.
5) Change your search from Books to Articles. Very specific topics and very current topics are better supported through articles.
6) Borrow books through and PASCAL Delivers (12 million vols.) and Interlibrary Loan (500 million bibliographic records). No library will have everything you need. All libraries borrow books.
Want to suggest a book for the Thrift Library?
We have dozens of books and eBooks on most topics and hundreds, if not thousands, in most subject areas.
Only YOU can tell us what is the book for you!