College and Medium-sized Libraries and Social Sciences and History Discussion Groups Minutes, Midwinter 2016

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
Westin Copley Square, Courier Room

  • Weeding decisions considerations
    • Availability in consortiums
    • Circulation
    • Print v. electronic
    • Storage space constraints
  • University of Illinois: When things went to remote, circulation went up because cataloging was improved
  • Prioritizing high use collections in the main library
  • Relevant article: “Rules of thumb for de-selecting… bound journal collections” in Collection Building
  • Know your departments: Low priorities, maybe keeping collected works of main authors in low priority areas are enough
  • Who outside of your programs might be using what you are considering weeding?
  • Archival copies
    • PAPR.crl.edu
      • Meant to capture who has committed to archiving certain journal titles
      • Does something similar exist for reference materials?
    • WEST: Cooperative collection archiving, one institution agrees to keep an archival copy of a full journal run
    • Hathi trust is trying to do this for print monographs for things in their database
  • Problems with sets: do you send the index?
    • Risk of losing access
    • Cataloging the contents
    • When you are requesting a 10 volume set, you have to send 10 separate requests from storage
  • Importance of maintaining a diversity of perspectives and viewpoints in collections when weeding.
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