Rethinking Library Resources: Sustainable Print Collections in a Digital Age

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Thu, Nov 1, 2012

In and Around the Library

As part of Gordon Library’s future vision, we have invited Rick Lugg of Sustainable Collections Services, LLC, to speak to interested members of the WPI community, and to prepare an analysis of Gordon Library’s print collection.  Although library shelves are increasingly full, and more books are being published than ever, surprisingly few books are being used.  Mr. Lugg will address these issues:

  The Changing Value of Local Print Collections: changing user preferences; usage of print collections; shelving and floor space; and lifecycle management costs.

Alternatives to Local Print Collections: collection integrity & security; the “collective collection”; archival vs service copies; Hathi Trust; and shared print initiatives

Managing Down Local Collections: making the case; coordinated deselection; efficient storage & withdrawal; analytical tools and deselection metadata; disposition options.

Please join us for the discussion, November 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m., on the 3rd floor, Gordon Library

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