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Saturday, June 15 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Weeding or Rightsizing? Why Not Collection Adjustment?

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Almost twenty years into the 21st century, libraries are under more pressure than ever to maximize use of their physical spaces, often through reduction in the size of print collections to allow for more study and collaborative user spaces. Print reduction is a balancing act of thoughtful review and stakeholder input, with assessment strictly by title circulation or book condition no longer acceptable in many academic environments. What are the opportunities and constraints when carefully adjusting the size of a print collection? How do we present these efforts to our stakeholders to illustrate that what we retain is the focal point, not what we remove? This presentation examines a new way of thinking about book and journal footprints in the library. What are the tools we can adopt to justify retaining current titles and housing future tomes? How do we involve stakeholders so that we see each other as partners with a common goal? What kind of workflow and time does this investment in adjusting the collection require and can it be scaled?  Nann will examine these issues and offer practical advice from her professional background and experiences in adjusting a collection size based on renovation needs.


Saturday June 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am PDT