Need more audio books, books on CD.
VCU Libraries Collection Management Head Karen Cary replies...
The goal of collection development in the VCU Libraries is to support the University's multi-disciplinary and diverse curriculum and related research enterprise. The majority of our collection will always be curriculum-defined with collecting emphases evolving as our programs change. The Libraries strives to provide the maximum support possible for the University's academic programs. This includes supporting the needs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, and supporting the academic community in carrying out teaching and research activities. Unfortunately, at this time, budget constraints preclude the collection of audio books other than those that are directly supporting a curriculum. It is not uncommon for academic libraries to have few audio books. Audio books, however, are one of the most popular formats in public libraries. While we have very few unabridged books on tape, the Libraries does have approximately 800 spoken word recordings on cassette, most of which are short works: poetry, plays, lectures, and conference proceedings.