Q. How did you decide which books to take off the shelves?

What criteria did you use? Who made the decisions?


The library faculty decided which books remained on the open shelves, which books went to the 1st floor, and which books were no longer appropriate for the collection. These decisions were made in consultation with faculty in their liaison departments.

They used a combination of the following criteria:

  • Usage - was it checked out more than twice?
  • Age and condition - is it falling apart? Is it over 25 years old?
  • Duplicates?
  • Currency - is it up to date? Does it have relevant information?
  • Curricular support and appropriateness to the campus - would any classes use the information?
  • General usefulness


  • Last Updated Sep 13, 2017
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  • Answered By Joanna Kimmitt

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