Library News: Projects

September 4, 2018

Your library needs you! We are currently recruiting students to join our Student Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of students who are interested in creating a better student experience at the library — enhancing library resources, services, and physical and digital spaces, and providing constructive feedback on library initiatives. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students to join.

The Committee will meet five times during the Fall and Winter terms.  Our first meeting will be Wednesday, September 26 from 1:30 – 3:00pm. Membership is from September 2018 to April 2019.

Deadline for applications is Friday, September 14th. Learn more and submit your application.


May 29, 2018

Research Support Services has responsibilities in collection management and maintenance in the Library. As stated in the Library’s Weeding Policy “weeding is an essential component of Carleton University’s collection development and management activity, helping to ensure that the overall collection is relevant and useful to users.”

The main goals are to reduce duplication in the collection, transition our serial holdings from print to online where feasible, and remove material that may no longer meet our collection criteria or support University programs. Weeding identifies gaps in the collection, so new materials can be purchased aligning the collection with the university’s goals and mission.  We have room for new collections by ensuring that low-use resources are discarded or transferred to the storage facility. Currently 19% of our collections on floors 3 through 5 have not circulated in 20 years or more.

This year, the Library’s subject specialists will focus primarily on weeding floors 3, 4, and 5 of MacOdrum in order to prepare for further renovation and building upgrades to meet ongoing user needs. The target of collections management this year is to evaluate those materials that have not circulated in the last 20 to 25 years.

Some disciplines may be concerned about this process, the type of books this may effect, or have questions. We welcome your input and feedback on this process while we focus on finishing this project by the middle of August. Some disciplines may have questions about this process; please contact your subject specialists and librarians by June 22, 2018 for assistance.

If you would like to know more about the weeding process, please see the Library’s Weeding Policy.

If you have any questions, please contact your subject specialist or librarian responsible for your department.