Wednesday, November 6 • 5:30pm - 6:10pm
S1-13 Deselection Dilemma: Incorporating Faculty Voices in Monograph Deselection

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Weeding should be a regular aspect of a university library, but after years -- if not decades -- of inattention, a library’s focus on deselection can create worry and angst among faculty. This poster will present a case study from a private university library undertaking a multi-year, comprehensive monograph deselection program as part of a strategic commitment to transforming collections. Our approach is data-driven and criteria-based while allowing room for faculty input. Despite a significant body of professional literature demonstrating the value of a well-weeded collection, librarians face many pressures that discourage weeding, including concerns about patron displeasure. How can feedback from faculty be incorporated meaningfully into deselection without introducing barriers to efficiency?

This poster may be particularly relevant for attendees who are considering implementing a deselection program at their own institution, especially if they are undertaking a comprehensive monograph deselection for the first time. The case study examines a university library that is learning to carry out comprehensive deselection in phases over a number of years, applying effective communication and engagement strategies to incorporate faculty feedback and overcome traditional barriers to weeding.

This case study is somewhat unique in that it presents rule-based deselection using OCLC GreenGlass and data from a resource sharing network, incorporates faculty feedback in multiple ways, including seeking faculty input on the criteria used to define deselection rules, and because the multi-year comprehensive nature of the effort allows librarians to improve deselection criteria and communication strategies over time as they move through different LC call number ranges.

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Lev Rickards

Assistant Dean, Santa Clara University

Wednesday November 6, 2019 5:30pm - 6:10pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel