Book Weeding Project - Update #3
As promised in our June 2018 update, we’d like to provide a follow-up on the status of the Library’s Book Weeding Project.
As a reminder, the goal of the Book Weeding Project is to ensure that the right books are available to the uOttawa community in a timely way and with consideration for present and future teaching and research needs. To accomplish this, we are focussing our attention on our offsite storage facility – which is close to full capacity – where we are currently housing approximately 750,000 low-demand books. As a result of this project, we will be able to remove those that no longer meet current or future needs and ensure that we have adequate space for future transfers from the Library’s general collection.
We would like to emphasize that books not available in our collection can always be requested from our Interlibrary Loans service and that these requests are typically filled within several days.
As previously mentioned, our approach to weeding is based on several criteria. We are reviewing books:
- that have not been borrowed since 1985 (NB - we don't have earlier data)
- that are located in our offsite storage facility
- were published between 1900 and 2000 (avoiding older, rarer books, as well as recent books)
Update on Consultations:
Throughout the spring and summer of 2018, our subject librarians began consulting with faculty and analysing the books in our offsite storage facility that pertain to their disciplines. We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to provide their comments and input.
We are well aware that books hold different value and importance depending on discipline-specific practices and research culture. As such, it comes as no surprise that we’ve received significant feedback about the project, including about which books faculty feel should remain in the collection and many other unique concerns raised by the various disciplines at our University.
Our subject librarians have since used the feedback received to develop lists of titles being considered for withdrawal; many disciplines have expressed an interest in reviewing these lists. When you receive a communication from your subject librarian, including the lists of titles to be reviewed, please take the time to provide any feedback you may have: this is your opportunity to comment on the specific titles being considered for withdrawal. (If you would like to identify or contact your subject librarian, the list is available here.)
We welcome an ongoing dialogue on this project to enhance our decision-making and look forward to your continued feedback. On behalf of the Library, we’d like to thank you for your ongoing collaboration on this project; it is greatly appreciated.
Updated on October 1, 2018