Deselection Criteria

For the deselection process, we’re guided by assessment data that support informed decision-making and evaluation by knowledgeable library staff.

Baseline criteria include:

  1. Usage
  2. Availability of other copies (in print or e- format) at Mines
  3. Availability elsewhere within our regional library consortium (the Alliance)
  4. Relevance to campus programs and individuals
  5. Acquisitions date/publication date

Of course, these don’t give the full picture. From there, we evaluate items based on a wider range of factors that could include:

  • User input; feedback from library staff on how the item supports users (reference assistance, instruction, research); subject-specialist input.
  • Degree to which the item supports campus programs; relevance to Mines research activity; multi-disciplinary support.
  • Physical condition; availability of newer versions or alternatives.
  • Characteristics of the literature by subject; the item’s role within a larger subject collection; modern or historical relevance.
  • Degree of availability from other libraries; resource-sharing developments; collection trends in our Alliance partner libraries.

Questions? Post a comment here, or contact Anna Seiffert, our e-Resources Librarian.




I'm Lisa Dunn, the Research & User Interface Librarian. I've been working on library space planning teams here for over a decade.

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