Letter to Faculty, March 2019

March 18, 2019

Danforth Campus Faculty,
As you may recall, the University Libraries embarked on the Short-Term Collection Space Management Project (STCSMP) in 2018 to alleviate congested collections space. We addressed this issue by selectively removing print journal volumes and outdated reference materials to which the University Libraries have immediate or near immediate alternative access.

Phase I of this project, which took place in the spring and summer of 2018, resulted in the deaccessioning of 43,814 bound journal volumes. This second and final phase of the STCSMP includes materials from the following categories:

  • Bound journals that are also available online from ejournal archives purchased by the Libraries (including JSTOR and ScienceDirect)
  • Bound journals that are also available online from reliable open access sources (e.g., Harvard’s Astrophysics Data System and PubMed Central from the National Institutes of Health)
  • Outdated reference materials (e.g., style guides, test prep and study guides, or superseded editions)
  • Incomplete holdings of bound journals which are not indexed in major indexes and are available through interlibrary loan

Additional information on the STCSMP is available at https://library.wustl.edu/about/policies/collection-space-management-initiative/ and the Phase II title lists are available in WUSTL Box.

The Bernard Becker Medical Library and the Brown School Library are not included in this Project. The Chemistry Library and East Asian Library were excluded from Phase I due to construction, but will participate in Phase II.

We are launching Phase II today, March 18. Your subject librarian will soon reach out to you to answer any questions you may have about the project. Additional details can be found on the STCSMP website. I am also happy to receive your inquiries or comments, and appreciate your time and attention to this initiative.

Denise Stephens

Denise Stephens, Vice Provost and University Librarian