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.