Sustainable Collection Growth Project and Faculty Engagement – Year 2

The William H. Hannon Library’s Sustainable Collection Growth Project 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. We are now in year 2 of a three-year project to strategically withdraw library materials in order to make space for collection growth without compromising access to the scholarly record. Taking a disciplinary approach in evaluating materials for deselection from the library basement, we completed the project in the STEM disciplines in 2018-2019. The social sciences will be reviewed in this academic year 2019-2020, and the project will conclude with arts & humanities in 2020-2021.

The following disciplines will be under review this year. We will be sharing specific dates and review instructions for each department through the librarian liaison/FLR network.

Fall 2019:

  • Education
  • Management
  • Psychology
  • Marital & Family Therapy
  • Economics
  • Urban & Environmental Studies
  • Political Science

Spring 2020:

  • Sociology
  • Women’s & Gender Studies
  • African American Studies
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Asian / Asian American Studies
  • Jewish Studies

The library developed the project plan through careful research in our own discipline and in consultation with the Faculty Library Committee and the Provost. We are 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 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 two taking place early this semester. We especially encourage faculty in the social sciences to attend, as their disciplines will be up for review this year, but all faculty are welcome. Please click below to RSVP:

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.

We hope that by reading the information in the LibGuide and discussing your questions with us in person, you will understand and appreciate both the project’s necessity and the methodology that we are proposing for review and deselection. 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 a Faculty Library Committee representative from your school/college, or get in touch with your librarian liaison.