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.



Whiteboard Feedback

The latest Whiteboard Feedback: 2016-whiteboard-feedback-01


What do you like? Everything from group study areas to our concert series.











What would you wish the Library offered?

This is an even wider set of comments — from quieter spaces to longer hours to better furniture to food (particularly donuts).















Deselection Begins

Our deselection project for 2016 begins Monday Oct. 31.

What do I mean by “deselection”?  Bluntly, it’s when librarians remove materials from their collections. We deselect items on a continuous basis–it’s business as usual for most academic libraries.

We also implement larger deselection projects for a purpose, again as do most academic libraries. Our purpose this time is to create space for additional student seating, in response to plans for the upcoming renovation.

We’ve been planning for a smaller collection footprint and more student space since 2012. (Did you ever wonder why the Library’s main floor has that big open space in the middle? That’s a part of our 2012 project put on hold due to building code issues.)2016-floor2-interior-a

To follow: How we manage the deselection process.

Focus Group Feedback

Last week the Library BAC (Building Advisory Committee) held 2 days of focus groups to provide feedback on space needs. Next week (Mon Oct 31, Tue Nov 1), we’ll participate in library staff focus groups to provide additional feedback.

For a library, there is no such thing as too much input from our community. (I’ve been here for over 25 years and during last week’s focus groups I STILL learned new things about what you need.)

Have an opinion? Have a vision of the “perfect” library? We will hear you. Post a comment here or on the Library’s other social media sites, or contact any of the Library staff.



Finite Space: Flexible Response

We know there are many possible responses to the multiple demands on Library space. Of course, there are our “Big Dreams,” but there are also strategic changes that are readily within our grasp.

[Big Dreams are cool ideas that would make Mines Library THE place to go for academic learning. I’ll post some as we go along.]

With a finite space, one thing we can do is be smart about how we enable you to use it. Doing a project together? Need to focus? Just relaxing? Getting homework done? Need to visualize your work? Holding a virtual meeting? Feeling creative? Flexible configurable student spaces are one way to meet your needs.

The space isn’t right if the furnishings aren’t right. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a choice of furniture–chairs, 1-person tables, study carrels, group tables, collaborative workstations, standing tables, study rooms, a place to put your tablet?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could move the Library furniture around just the way you want it? (Furniture on wheels–yay!) Wouldn’t it be nice if you could create a “room” using moveable partitions? Wouldn’t it be nice to have one library space for every day, and another for finals week?

Flexible design–definitely a good use of Library space.


Shared Voice

When we consider a library renovation, we try to communicate with a shared voice. The Library is here for the Mines community; as the Mines library staff it’s our job to create the best library possible for the university. That shared voice will likely evolve, but right now for the Library building it’s:

  1. Design for the future–If there’s one certainty, it’s change. Design should facilitate change as Mines changes.
  2. Be inviting and useful to our community–Meet a range of user needs; create an environment that encourages learning and creation; facilitate access to content; universal design to welcome all.
  3. Enable innovative library and campus services–A lab for instruction, consultation, collaboration, visualization, and more.
  4. Extreme flexibility (yes, extreme)–Responsive to RIGHT NOW; student-configurable, adaptable; spaces that can be re-purposed on the fly.
  5. Connect the physical and digital–Integrate services, resources and technology; visibility, flow.
  6. Maximize space use–Multi-function spaces, shared spaces, agile spaces, efficient spaces.
  7. Effective staff spaces–Spaces that enable staff (Library, Writing Center, CASA etc.) to do their best.
  8. Reflect Mines’ present and its rich heritage–Showcase who we are now and where we come from.

Of course, our voice isn’t the only one out there. Have a say of your own? Let us know.

Upcoming Focus Groups

Library Renovation Focus Group interviews will be held Wednesday Oct 19 and Thursday Oct 20. They include the Testing Center, AMS Learning Center, CASA, Library, Writing Center, Deans/representatives of CECS, CASE, and CERSE, and a student group.