ATG Book of the Week: Rightsizing the Academic Library Collection

Ward_cvr_PC_InD_CC.inddTitle: Rightsizing the Academic Library Collection
Author: Suzanne M. Ward
Softcover: 
ISBN 13: 978-0838912980, $60; (The e-book edition and the print/e-book bundle of this title are also available separately.)
Imprint: Chicago: ALA Editions, 2015

“Is your institution’s library bursting at the seams with books that have not been touched for decades, microfilm that nobody uses, and print journals that have been superseded by electronic access? Have you wondered how best to identify what physical material to retain and what to withdraw to maintain an inviting collection of relevant material for your users? Then it’s time to rightsize! Ward identifies the challenges and proposes solutions to shaping physical collections for today’s academic library. Filled with sage advice and ready-to-implement guidance, this book

  • Introduces the concept of rightsizing, a strategic and largely automated approach that uses continuous assessment to identify the no- and low-use materials in the collection
  • Walks you through crafting a rightsizing plan, from developing withdrawal criteria and creating discard lists to managing workflow and disposing of withdrawn materials
  • Shows how to identify stakeholders, plus strategies for winning them over
  • Offers tips for working with consortial partners on collaborative print retention projects…”

About the Author

Suzanne M. Ward is Head, Collection Management at Purdue University Libraries in West Lafayette, Indiana. She has written and spoken extensively on patron-driven acquisitions, publishing A Guide to Implementing and Managing Patron-Driven Acquisitions for the Association for Library Collections & Technical Service (ALCTS) in 2012 and making presentations on this topic both nationally and internationally. Her current research interests include print retention issues and the use of e-books in academic libraries.

 

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