May 6th, 2011 by Clay Williams
Every month Hunter College librarians generate a list of the books Hunter and other CUNY students need but cannot find on the shelves. A book does not get on this list, called, appropriately enough, Lost Books, until the library employees have looked for it three or four separate times. In other words, this is a carefully created list.
For the month of April, just replacing the Art books alone would cost about $531.00 and this does not include one work, which is out of print and rare. The art books comprised but a small part of the books on the list.
However, the fact that a work is on this list means that students or faculty want this book and therefore we are more likely to decide to replace it.
Related to this, we should mention that Hunter is second only to the Graduate Center in books borrowed from other campuses via the CLICS system, which was instituted in 2006. Hunter’s book circulation statistics have leveled off for most of the last decade even with the constant addition of spectacular new electronic databases which draw the students’ and faculty’s’ attention. Despite the ease of using all of Hunter’s databases from home the number of students coming into the library continues to climb.
So please all, be aware of those long overdue books on your shelves, others may need them for their own scholarship.