Library liaisons to departments will periodically review sections of the collection for the deselection of library books, following the Guidelines for Deselecting Books (see below).
Librarians will then pull these books from the shelves and make them available in an area in the library for faculty from a designated department to review.
Faculty will then have the opportunity to review those books being considered for deselection and place specified titles back in the general collection.
If, after one month from the time of review, there has been no response from the department, the library will proceed with the removal of the books being considered for deselection.
A rotating schedule developed by faculty and librarians is set up to review the collection.
Items considered for deselection will be those which:
We will consider a series as a whole, if it was purchased as a set.
Worn copies should be considered for removal, repair, or replacement.
Faculty from the subject area(s) should review the materials to identify any items which should remain in the collection for their individual research, course needs, or other reasons.
Items will be checked against Books for College Libraries or a similar source and retained as applicable. When in doubt about the usefulness of items, we will err on the side of retention in the collection.
Materials will be offered to departments and faculty first for their own university use.
The Physical Plant disposes of materials that are deselected from the collection.
Note: Involvement in the weeding process should preclude personally acquiring the materials after they are withdrawn -- items may not be sold.
For more information, please contact Linda Pye at (580)774-7021.