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Thursday, November 9 • 11:35am - 12:15pm
Strategic Collection Management: Finding Creative Solutions to Create Student-Centered Space

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Stuck in the past? No problem! Libraries need to adapt and transform, or they may face extinction, or worse, irrelevance. Do you want to avoid that, but have no money for a major library remodel? Libraries are under increasing pressure to create space - for the future growth of print collections and for additional classrooms and study areas – and tight budgets are forcing us to get creative. This presentation will explore these challenges and creative solutions from the perspectives of two different academic libraries:

The University of Wisconsin-Stout Library dramatically transformed their collections and spaces on a “shoe-string” budget. In 8 months, they successfully transformed their library to be a student-focused destination on campus. The linchpin of the entire project was a massive weeding of the physical Periodicals Collection. The “rightsizing” of the Periodicals Collection resulted in the withdrawal of over 1,500 titles (4,516 Lft. of shelf space) and a reduction in size of over 65%. The presentation will discuss the planning process, the space design, the collection moves, the weeding process, the results, and future directions. A visual presentation, a photo slideshow will be used to document the entire process from start to finish.

Without the prospect of new library facility, the Florida State University Libraries addressed their space needs by participating in two distributive collection programs and by purchasing journal backfiles with carry-forward money and one-time funds from the university. The presentation will discuss the pros and cons of shifting to a distributive collection philosophy, as well as the strategy to acquire one-time funds to purchase enough journal backfiles to free up 12,000 Lft. in the stacks (while still adding access to new content). Attendees will have the opportunity to share ideas on how to create user space through both strategic selection and de-selection of library content.

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Charles McElroy

Serials Department Head, Florida State University Libraries
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Cory Mitchell

Collection Development Librarian, UW-Stout

Brew Schoonover

Director of Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Florida State University Libraries

Thursday November 9, 2017 11:35am - 12:15pm EST
Grand Ballroom 2, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401