The faculty review of the Round 3 withdrawal candidate lists ended on March 31—once again thanks to all of you who took the time to review the lists! By now you’re familiar with the schedule; here’s what will happen when:
May 2013: The librarians are now completing a last review of the Round 3 lists now; later this month we will retain all books that have received one or more marks to ‘Keep this copy,’ and finalize the list of books to be withdrawn.
June-August, 2013: Over the summer we will pull and process these books for withdrawal, and put them on the weeded book shelves in Olin.
July-October, 2013: Withdrawn books will be available for faculty to take for their office or departmental collections until Homecoming weekend.
November 2, 2013: The remaining withdrawn books will be offered in the Friends of the Wesleyan Library fall book sale.
November 4, 2013: B-Logistics will pick up the remaining Round 3 books to be sold or recycled.
When the third round is complete, we project that we will have withdrawn approximately 38,635 volumes. This is 21,365 volumes short of our target:
How are we planning to meet the target by spring 2014?
This summer and fall we are planning a number of projects to help us get there:
– Review of multiple editions: In the first three rounds, a significant number of volumes were marked ‘Keep an edition,’ but not ‘Keep this copy.’ We have reviewed these and are retaining all books for which we only have a single edition. This summer, subject specialists will review the remaining books for which we have multiple editions to determine if any might be withdrawn.
– Review of duplicate copies: We did this several years ago with books for which we have more than two copies; this summer we will review books for which we have more than one copy, to determine which duplicate copies might be withdrawn.
– Adding shelves: On the ground floor of Olin, the government document stacks have the capacity to hold additional shelves. This summer we will add shelves to this section and then do a major shift of government documents to free shelf space.
We hope to be able to provide an update soon on plans for moving the Art Library. In the meantime, have a good summer everyone!