One of the Library Learning Commons’ major projects over the next four years (2014-2018) is to revitalize its print collection. This year CSC librarians have been analyzing holdings and removing outdated and irrelevant materials from the stacks (a process called “weeding”). As they weed, they are analyzing the collection and developing lists of titles that meet the specific needs of the CSC curriculum. The goal of the revitalization project is to establish a more complete and useful collection for the CSC community.
If you walk around the upper level of the Library Learning Commons, you will see some shelves that are packed with books and some shelves that are relatively empty. Large chunks of the Library’s collection have been weeded, but most of these are sections that do not directly impact the CSC curriculum. These areas include Fiction, Biography (920s), General Knowledge (000s), Geography and Travel (910s), Religion (200s), and Foreign Languages (430-499).
Other sections that directly impact the curriculum have been partially or completely weeded with the help of faculty. These areas include Philosophy and Ethics (100s), Law (340-350s), Physical Sciences (500s, 520-550s), Applied Sciences (620-640s), and Music (780s).
The revitalization process begins with weeding. During the process, librarians may notice “holes” in the collection or areas in which information needs to be updated. Librarians use syllabi from the core courses in academic majors to determine where information gaps exist in the collection and turn to the Resources for College Libraries (RCL) to cross check the course requirements with college library recommendations for texts in specific disciplines.
The revitalization project is closely linked to the library liaison process; as librarians meet with department chairs this academic year, chairs will learn more about the status of holdings that are relevant to their disciplines. Lists of books will be recommended to departments for review, and once approved by the departments, books are purchased and revitalization ensues!
The chart below provides current information about the sections of the collection in which weeding is completed, is in process, or has yet to begin.