Another hot take... This time about Library Holdings
I came across another grad school Library use dilemma
To paint the briefest of pictures. I'm writing some software for my thesis. I've mentioned before what that is about. So anyway it relies on a evolutionary computing package called Distributed Evolutionary Algorithms in Python. DEAP for short. The great thing about DEAP is that the example code is very robust and based on recent literature. For example the basic evolutionary algorithm it uses is outlined in the docs with a pointer to:
I checked the Library holdings and nothing. Tiny bit surprising considering we are heavy on EA stuff in our collection. As the citation mentions, published in 2000. So I'm off the hook, I was still in undergrad at the time. Now I'm passed the point of no return on the package. You might say, I'm rolling in the DEAP. harhar. I need access to this book to cite it, and double check it is doing what I want it to. So what are my options? 15 year old book, From a large-ish publisher (CRC Press). ILL? Nope, I need the instant gratification to satiate my hurried, engrossed in my process mind. Plus to be honest I didn't even log into the ILL platform. The rainforest company was my solution. For approximately 60$ I got a used copy, sent from Toronto, and in my hands in 3 days.
- Not everyone has the money to do this, totally understandable not negotiating that
- How often does this type of thing occur? If the faculty member/grad student doesn't feed back to the Library we lose the opportunity to address a gap in the collection. I'm sure this has happened at least one other time this week
- I have a book I need to cite once and I'll probably read less then 10% of it
- I got the damn book so I can move on with my work