50 · Survey Results: Survey Questions and Responses
34. Does your library deaccession print materials? N=61
Yes 53 87%
No 8 13%
If yes, are these decisions part of on-going collection management activities or are they handled
on a project basis? N=53
Both on-going and project-based 40 77%
Project-based 7 14%
Part of on-going activities 5 10%
Comments N=18
Both on-going and project-based
Currently we are only deaccessioning serial titles that are duplicated across our campus libraries.
Government documents are withdrawn on project basis.
Purchase of a back file collection triggers a review of print holdings that overlap the back file.
Space constraints often drive projects.
The library, based on title-based rules created by liaison librarians, will automatically deaccessioned previous editions
and duplicates. The library also runs usage reports to identify no use items that should be reviewed for deaccession
by the liaison librarians. On an on-going basis, as titles are deaccessioned, depending on their LC range, the previous
editions will be deaccessioned as well as they are discovered. The library recently did a visual inspection of the shelves
to identify duplicates for deaccession and non-critical superseded editions. This process took place over six months in
the Arts &Environment Library. The library also undertook a focused project on government information after the floor
had exceeded critical capacity. The library is currently involved in a consortia project to reduce duplication of no/low use
items across the TUG libraries and the Annex.
There are on-going weeding projects due to overcrowding in the stacks and in the RRS. We also routinely deaccession
print material based on condition, duplication, and relevance to the collection.
We deaccession print materials due to library renovation projects and when we purchase new back files/archives.
We have a quite limited deaccessioning program, primarily focused on removal of duplicates or those items that have
become functionally obsolete due to digitization or decay.
We have had projects such as eliminating unused duplicate copies, but selectors in certain subject areas (such as
computer science) routinely deaccession materials.
Yes, if duplicated in the library system, otherwise we retain all uniquely held titles.
Journal back files purchased electronically are deaccessioned in print.
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