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Jean Russell Quible Department of Collections and Technical Services: De-selection policy

University Libraries collection policy on de-selection

De-selection of library materials is the process of removing items from the collection and is essential for the maintenance of an active, academically useful library collection. Subject specialists are responsible for conducting an ongoing de-selection effort in their designated disciplines and for maintaining the quality of the collection.

Benefits to be gained through de-selection include an increase in the availability of space for collections and services, and a higher proportion of relevant materials on the shelves for the use of the University community.

De-selection decisions are made using flexible guidelines in conjunction with perceptive judgment.  The following factors should be considered on a discipline by discipline basis:

Relevancy to the University’s programs

Timeliness and currency of the information

Value for historical research

Last copy with archival value 

Superseded editions/volumes

Redundancy or multiple copies

Usage data

Physical condition

Obsolete technologies or format

Approved Nov. 18, 2010