Collection Space Management Initiative

The University Libraries are facing an immediate and significant space shortage.

To address the issue, the Vice Provost and University Librarian is overseeing short-term and long-term opportunities to identify space saving.

In early 2018, the Libraries embarked on the Short-term Collection Space Management Project in its ten locations. The Provost lifted the moratorium on de-accessioning for this project. The Project implemented a process that allows the Libraries to selectively remove outdated reference works and bound journals while maintaining access to materials critical for faculty and student success.

Phase I of this project concluded in June 2018.  The second and final phase of the Project is set to begin in March 2019.

The Libraries will rely on purchased e-journal archives (such as JSTOR or ScienceDirect) and our collection-sharing consortial partners (such as MOBIUS and the Greater Western Library Alliance) to provide alternative means of access to print journals housed in our collections.

No titles in this Project will be de-accessioned without faculty review.  Title lists will be made available for an eight-week comment period.  Faculty feedback is welcome regarding potential barriers to usability or access if physical volumes are removed.

The Libraries are grateful to the Faculty Library Committee for its informational and thoughtful engagement prior to the initiation of the Short-term Collection Space Management Project Plan.