Sustainable Collection Growth Project: An Invitation for Faculty Engagement

A three-year project to strategically withdraw library materials in order to make space for collection growth without compromising access to the scholarly record.

The William H. Hannon Library’s Sustainable Collection Growth Initiative combines strategic deselection of our lowest-use library materials with continued access and preservation of the scholarly record through agreements with partner colleges and universities. Taking a disciplinary approach in evaluating materials for deselection from the library basement, we will start with the STEM disciplines and business in Spring 2019. The social sciences will be reviewed in AY 2019-2020, and the project will conclude with arts & humanities in 2020-2021.

The library developed the project plan through careful research in our own discipline, and have been in consultation with the Faculty Library Committee and the Provost as we move towards implementation. We are deeply committed to transparent communication and engagement with you–our faculty–throughout the entire project. In service of this, we have created a LibGuide that contains background information, policies and procedures, a preliminary schedule for faculty to physically review candidates for deselection by subject area, a FAQ, and a bibliography.

We encourage you to read the Sustainable Collections LibGuide closely, as it contains answers to most of the questions that you might have. We are also scheduling a series of open forums for faculty to discuss the project, with the first two taking place early this semester. We especially encourage faculty in Seaver and CBA to attend, as their disciplines will be up for review this year, but all faculty are welcome to attend. Please click below to RSVP:

  • Wednesday Jan 23, 11:30-12:30pm (brown bag welcome) – Hannon Library Classroom 117
  • Friday Feb 1, 10-11am – Hannon Library Von der Ahe Suite

Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the project plan in the LibGuide before attending a forum, so that we can optimize the time for a productive discussion.

Throughout this project, we remain committed to dedicating all available resources –including interlibrary loan and shared collection agreements – to acquire any and all books that our LMU faculty and students need to do their research.

We look forward to hearing any questions or concerns that you have, and working together transparently and productively through the duration of this important project. Throughout this entire process, we encourage you to feel free to contact Dean Kristine Brancolini directly, connect with the Faculty Library Committee representative from your school/college, or get in touch with your librarian liaison.