The University Library is an innovative partner in the learning community and an active participant in promoting the University's goals of teaching, learning, scholarship and community outreach. The Library provides quality academic services and resources that foster intellectual curiosity, promote critical inquiry and encourage awareness of an increasingly diverse and global environment.
In line with the University Library's mission, the Library has started a full collection assessment of our Stacks print holdings. This Collection Assessment Project not only involves weeding, but will provide the opportunity to improve our core collection, address curricula changes and areas of academic program growth, augment unique subject niches, and identify related resource needs.
These are working guidelines only. Librarians will exercise professional judgment and knowledge of their subject areas when making collection development and weeding decisions. Threshold/parameters may be different for various disciplines and/or library units (i.e., books used in History as compared to Business). Additional parameters of library collection assessment and how its collections are conceptualized will include:
Through this process we will strive to openly communicate with our academic audience. We welcome faculty input and recommendations.
The Collection Development Project will occur under the auspices of Collection Development, with full participation by all subject librarians (who serve as liaisons to academic departments) and ultimately the interaction with campus faculty. All potential items to be withdrawn will be posted in the "lists" tab of this website for review and feedback by campus faculty.
We fully anticipate that this process will identify subject gaps in our current collection. To this end, we have established a Core Collection Fund line to support the acquisition of new core titles, which will address identified needs and enhance the Library's collection.
We welcome faculty requests for core titles selected from Resources for College Libraries -- a database that provides a list of core titles in 117 subject areas that are essential for undergraduate study.