“Library after library has sacrificed
accommodations to the
imperatives of shelving.
crowding out of readers by
material is one of the
most common and
ironies in library space planning.”
~ Scott Bennett, Library Space Planning
At a time when print use is declining, there is a clear opportunity to free space by by drawing down print monograph collections. The availability of data to support rules-based deselection now makes it easier to pursue this opportunity responsibly and cost-effectively, while supporting shared print archiving efforts.
Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) offers deselection decision-support tools to academic libraries.
Rick has contributed a chapter to a new book called Patron-Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices,
edited by our good friend David Swords. It includes chapters by Doug Way and Julie Garrison of Grand Valley State University, Michael Levine-Clark of the University of Denver, Kari Paulson and Robin Champieux of EBL, Bob Nardini of Coutts/Ingram Digital, and several other PDA and ebook luminaries.
The book was published in both print and electronic form in July by DeGruyter as part of its “Currrent Topics in Library and Information Practice” series. Rick’s chapter is called “Collecting for the Moment: Patron-Driven Acquisitions as a Disruptive Technology.”