Weeding Project - Update #4
The project to assess items in our off-site storage for potential removal from the collection has been underway since 2018. Reviewing and assessing items for deselection is part of the regular collection development process at libraries. You can read more about the project: Update #2 and Overview. It is important to note that specific criteria had to be met for a book to be considered for weeding (described on the project page).
The books that are removed will be sent to Better World Books, a well-established social enterprise that supports libraries, literacy, and education. 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 the project was being planned, the library met with the various Faculty Councils and other groups; and individual librarians have been consulting with faculty members throughout, keeping them up to date on the project. In winter 2019, a list of books that had been carefully selected for potential removal from the collection was shared with faculty, with a request for feedback. The deadline for response was April 2019. Many faculty members participated in this process. No requests were made for extensions or additional information at that time. As such we moved forward with the project. We have begun the weeding process for duplicate material and for all Faculties where the lists have been finalized. We are still working with one or two Faculties on finalizing lists.
The library welcomes an ongoing dialogue on this project and looks forward to your continued feedback. If you would like an update at your Faculty Council meeting, please let us know. (Contact: Monica Ward, Head, Collections Strategy firstname.lastname@example.org).