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Webinar: Rethinking Library Resources

Rethinking Library Resources: Sustainable Print Collections in a Digital Age
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2012
Presenter: Rick Lugg

Library shelves are increasingly full, and more books are being published than ever. Yet surprisingly few are being used. In October 2010, Cornell University Libraries determined that 55% of its monographs had not circulated since 1990. Circulation per user continues to decline steadily. Meanwhile, library administrators seek to expand space for group study, information commons, writing centers, and cafes. Much of the available space is currently occupied by low-use print collections, stored and maintained at an estimated annual cost of $4.26 per volume in open stacks, $.86 per volume in high-density storage. For these reasons, print collections face increased scrutiny.

SCS will present on these and related topics:

  • 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 (WEST, CRL, ASERL, Maine)
  • Managing Down Local Collections: making the case; coordinated deselection; efficient storage & withdrawal; analytical tools and deselection metadata; disposition options.

For more information: (SCS Website) and (Sample & Hold: Rick Lugg’s blog, with 60+ entries on deselection and shared print).

Cost: Programs are FREE to library staff within the SENYLRC region. There is a $10 charge for library staff from other regions of New York State.
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm EST.
Registration: Registration is required

This series of programs is supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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