Progress Updates

  • What We’ve Accomplished

    The library faculty and staff have made significant progress towards refining the process and completing our review of the books identified during Phase I

    • Hosted Department Liaison and Department Chair meeting on May 8, 2018, to discuss the Deaccessioning Process and solicit feedback
    • Received feedback on the Greenglass list, feedback, and information about essential works from numerous departments, including:
      • Communications Media
      • English
      • Food and Nutrition
      • Geography and Regional Planning
      • Geoscience
      • Hospitality and Management
      • Human Development, Fashion, and Interior Design
      • Mathematics
      • Music
      • Professional Studies in Education
      • Student Affairs in Higher Education
    • Refined the Greenglass title list in preparation for Phase II review, incorporating new criteria developed during planning, faculty feedback, and department-specific feedback
    • Reviewed approximately 70 percent of the Phase II refined lists, and marked titles to be deaccessioned
    • Evaluated and selected Integrated Library System software tools for Phase IV of project
    • Reorganized reference collection to accommodate the arrival of the University College
    • Currently planning a special library event for March 22, 2019, where faculty will be invited to the library for refreshments and an opportunity to review the books we’ve designated for removal and identify books they wish to keep.

    Your feedback on the deaccessioning process is very valuable. Visit How to Participate to find out how you can contact us and provide suggestions or voice concerns.

    Challenges

    In the course of our work, we’ve also encountered and addressed certain challenges.

    Challenge
    Solution
    Several library faculty members were diverted from the Phase II review of the Greenglass lists to assist with the preparation for the University College. Projected completion date for Phase II has been extended to February 2019.
    At the end of the fall 2018 semester, our cataloger will retire from her work as an IUP faculty member. This will extend the time required to fully deaccession and remove titles from our collections. We have requested permission for a faculty search for a cataloger, and will adjust the anticipated completion date of Phase IV to account for our reduced cataloging capability.