Author Archives: Pat Tully

Project wrap-up – July 31, 2014

June 30 marked the official end of the Wesleyan University Library weeding project. After 3 ½ years of planning, discussion, selection, deselection and shifting, the library has met its target of creating 60,000-volumes worth of shelf space for growth and … Continue reading

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Project update, December 20, 2013

It is hard to believe that we are approaching the end of this project!  We anticipate reaching our target of 60,000-volumes worth of space created in Olin Library by the end of January, 2013.  Here’s what we’ve been doing this … Continue reading

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Project update, September 6, 2013

We made a lot of progress on the weeding project this summer: Round 3 withdrawals:  We finalized the list of Round 3 withdrawal candidates (with call numbers beginning with H – N or Q – Z) that were not marked … Continue reading

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Project update, May 14, 2013

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: … Continue reading

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If you missed the latest A(T)R …

… you didn’t!  Here is the14-minute presentation: (Click on ‘Start Prezi,’ then the ‘play’ icon in the bottom, left-hand corner to play the presentation from beginning to end.)

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UPDATE: Rounds 2, 3 – and 4

First the bad news:  As of January, 2013, we have withdrawn 21,398 volumes.  This is about a third of the way to our 60,000-volume withdrawal target.  Since the total number of Round 3 withdrawal candidates is only 36,018, this is … Continue reading

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The other side of the coin …

In the summer of 2011 we worked with Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) to develop criteria for the withdrawal candidates and compile lists of books that meet these criteria.  But we were also interested in identifying books that we should retain.  … Continue reading

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A Platonic dilemma …

This past winter the library hired Melissa Behney, a reference librarian with extensive experience in academic libraries, to assist with the weeding project.   Melissa has helped us in a variety of ways, but she has truly done yeoman’s service in … Continue reading

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Working in the withdrawal candidate lists

We have received a few questions about how to work with the withdrawal candidate lists; here are some tips: ‘Keep this copy’ v. ‘Keep an edition’:  You have two options for marking a book for retention.  ‘Keep this copy’ indicates … Continue reading

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Round 1 ends; Round 2 begins …

The Round 1 withdrawal candidate lists (for books with call numbers beginning with A – G) were closed for faculty review on May 31.  Librarians are just completing their final review of the lists this week.  We will then delete … Continue reading

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