Deselection is fast becoming the ‘in’ thing for libraries everywhere – i.e. what to do with all those old and newish ‘books’ -which are now officially called ‘legacy print materials’ – clogging up libraries.
Given that there are numerous libraries managing down their collections, there is a growing demand for tools and consultancy to assist in the quick deselection of books.
The decisions can actually be quite simple –
But how can this be done quickly and cheaply. Well your own system can tell you easily which items have been borrowed and whether they form part of a collection and data matching those not used within a given time period against a larger distributed set to see their preponderance is also easy.
A statistic from this flyer says that 56% of books in academic libraries are never circulated. That suggests two things, firstly that librarians are buying books without due diligence and secondly that half of an academic libraries holdings should be deselected. So expect more on this subject.
Btw I have an article on this very subject appearing in the March issue of Incite if you need further advice.