Just before the holidays, the newly-formed Library Faculty Advisory Committee (LFAC) met to discuss the weeding project and the move of the Art Library into Olin. LFAC recommended to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rob Rosenthal that the Art Library move be delayed a year until the summer of 2014, so that a campus-wide discussion of the project can take place. Rob approved this recommendation, and we have adjusted the project timeline accordingly.
So what happens now?
1. The deadline for faculty review of the Round 1 lists (LC call numbers beginning A – G) has been extended to the end of May, 2012.
2. There will be a campus-wide discussion this semester about the weeding project and the move of the Art Library. We do not know all the details yet about how the discussion will take place, but we will announce them as they are finalized. Some students have expressed their concerns, and we will be exploring with the WSA how best to include students in the discussion.
On Tuesday, February 7 there will be an Academic (Technology) Roundtable lunch in Usdan 108 on the weeding project. There will be a very short presentation followed by (we hope) a full and frank discussion among faculty of their concerns.
3. The lists for all three rounds are now available for faculty review: http://libr.wesleyan.edu/weeding/fac/fac_weeding.php Librarians will be working on each round of lists in turn according to the schedule in the timeline, but faculty can access and vote on items in the lists at any time before the deadline of the round for that call number range.
Round 1 (LC call numbers beginning A – G): deadline for faculty review is the end of May, 2012.
Round 2 (LC call numbers beginning with P): deadline is the end of October, 2012.
Round 3 (LC call numbers beginning with H-N and Q-Z): deadline is the end of March, 2013.
Round 4 (review of selected books retained in the first three rounds; will be done only if necessary to meet the 60,000-volume target): deadline is December, 2013.
4. Librarians will begin identifying some serials volumes and large sets that the library now provides online, and posting the list for faculty comment before withdrawing them.
Thanks to all of you who have participated in the discussion so far, and especially those who have begun reviewing the lists and voting to retain books you believe are important to keep.
If you have comments, concerns, questions or suggestions for conducting the discussion, or proposals for books or other materials we might consider withdrawing, please let us know! You can contact the library liaison for your department, contact me directly at email@example.com or extension 3887, send an email to the general weeding email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment on this blog or elsewhere.