For the deselection process, we’re guided by assessment data that support informed decision-making and evaluation by knowledgeable library staff.
Baseline criteria include:
- Availability of other copies (in print or e- format) at Mines
- Availability elsewhere within our regional library consortium (the Alliance)
- Relevance to campus programs and individuals
- 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.