The current deaccessioning project will proceed using the following four general phases:
Phase I: Develop initial candidate lists based on circulation history and publication date
Phase II (New): Library faculty refine initial lists, incorporating departmental faculty feedback on essential works, committee recommendations, and library best practices, and conduct their review of listed titles
Phase III: Provide the university community with an opportunity to review and comment on titles flagged for potential deselection
Phase IV: Removal of titles from the library and from the library catalog
For the current project (evaluating non-circulated titles), the table below illustrates the anticipated timeline for each phase:
The criteria used to generate the Phase I list of candidates for deaccessioning (e.g., the non-circulated titles from our general collection) were:
Held in the Stapleton Library general collection
Published prior to the year 2000
Have no history of circulation within the previous 20 years
The committee examined the data available about those works, library literature and recommended practices, and feedback from library faculty to identify additional criteria to apply to the Phase I candidate lists and support library decisions about the
retention or removal of a work. The library faculty will combine the recommendations of the committee, established professional standards, and professional expertise to make sure that the decisions made are informed and conscientious.
Some of the criteria informing the library’s decisions about a book include:
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