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GOBI: How to request titles for purchase (For faculty): Home

A guide for History & Political Science faculty on requesting books through GOBI. Faculty in other subject areas should consult with their liaison.

GOBI Notifications

GOBI distributes notifications electronically.

  • GOBI notifications are lists of newly-published books and ebooks from a variety of publishers. 
  • Each notification is a catalog-style web form emailed to department faculty by your library liaison. This gives department faculty shared access to the same notification
  • When faculty are finished reviewing and making purchase requests on a particular notification, your liaison approves all requests and Linda Donohue places the orders. 
  • A single notification may contain many titles. To avoid backlogs, notifications should be reviewed regularly. 
  • Ordering through GOBI is not required. You may continue to request titles through the Acquisitions Department


  • Linda Donahue, Acquisitions Assistant. 508-929-8540
  • Ross Griffiths, Liaison for History & Political Science. 508-929-8391

Frequently Asked Questions

How are these notifications created?   

Your liaison creates parameters such as call number ranges, formats, and key words. High-volume subjects may be broken down into several shorter notifications by call number range. 

What features do GOBI notifications have that CHOICE cards did not?    

GOBI notifications include a larger volume of materials from more publishers, and also more reviews from different review services. Ebooks can also be previewed. 

Can I sort the notification list when viewing it?    

Notifications can be sorted using sort buttons at the top left of each page.  Different display options are available by using the display buttons at the top right of each page. 

 We like CHOICE reviews, are those available in GOBI?     

Yes. CHOICE reviews are included along with reviews from several other services. If a title has a review, it will be links will appear on the page. 

Can I get my own GOBI notifications lists rather than using shared lists?    

Not at this time. To manage workloads for library acquisitions staff, lists are assigned to whole departments but not individuals. 

How long is a GOBI notification active and available for review?   

A notification stays "live" for up to 12 months, but may be removed by your liaison once faculty are finished reviewing it.