​How to Participate

  • The library has gathered a large amount of useful information about the IUP collections with our GreenGlass analysis tool, which will inform our decisions about keeping or removing physical books.

    However, data alone are not enough to make the decision to keep or remove a title, and the library wants the input of disciplinary experts to help make the final call.

    Essential Works

    That’s where you come in! We would like our academic departments to help our librarians develop lists of works that the departments feel are essential and must be retained in our collections in physical form. Faculty librarians will work to prepare lists of essential works for various disciplines, and will reach out to the departmental faculty liaisons to collaborate on the further development of these lists and any unique criteria regarding specific disciplines.

    The lists will be compared to our data, and titles appearing on the lists will be moved to the “retain in physical collections” category.

    The committee hopes to have lists of essential works available by June 2018, so the refinement portion of Phase II can begin over the summer. However, we welcome feedback on the project at any time, so if you if you have questions about the lists, wish to provide additional suggestions, or identify essential authors or works, please don't hesitate to contact Kelly Heider, Library department chairperson, at kheider@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-4886.

    Faculty Review Event

    After refining the list of titles that are candidates for deaccessioning, we want to make sure the university community has an opportunity to review and comment, and to see the work being done in the library to build stronger collections. 

    On March 22, 2019, the IUP Libraries will host an event for faculty and other members of the university community. During the event, you can enjoy refreshments, meet with your liaison librarians, and have an opportunity to review the collection and see the items that have been marked for deaccessioning. If you see a book or set of books you’d like us to keep, we will have carts placed around the library for those titles—just place the items on a cart and we will make sure they are kept.  

    If you can’t make the event, you are welcome to visit the library and browse the collections during the subsequent open review period, from March 25 to April 12. We’ll make sure the “Keep These Books” carts are available for you to place books on to ensure they are retained. And as always, please don’t hesitate to contact the IUP Libraries with questions.