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32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Friday, November 9 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Case Studies in Monographs Deselection: Collaboration & Workflow Integration

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Many libraries have begun to pursue monographs deselection projects, driven by low circulation rates and space pressure. Such projects take many different forms. Join us as we contrast a large-scale collaborative initiative and an ongoing individual library operation.
Collaboration: The Michigan Shared Print Initiative (MI-SPI) involves seven academic libraries, along with the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS). Using data analysis tools developed by Sustainable Collection Services (SCS), MI-SPI identified candidates for removal from individual collections while maintaining a shared distributed collection among participants. The group plans to utilize these tools and processes to expand the cooperative effort. Two perspectives will be presented: a participant library with no pressures on collection space and the project facilitator.

Workflow Integration: Large-scale weeding, shared print and transfer projects can create major spikes in a library’s workload, even when batch processing and rules-based approaches are utilized. James Madison University (JMU) has chosen instead to flatten their deselection workload, by focusing on 2-3 subjects each year. This creates a smaller, more predictable workflow, and enables weeding and transfers to be integrated into routine operations. Potentially disruptive ad hoc projects are converted into a manageable part of the library’s annual workload. In this session, JMU and SCS will describe their ongoing collaboration, and the path toward routinizing deselection work.


Speakers
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Cheri Duncan

Director of Cataloging and Acquisitions, James Madison University
Cheri Duncan is Director of Acquisitions & Cataloging at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where she has held various positions within the JMU Libraries over the past eighteen years. In her current position, Cheri oversees the units of Monographic Services, E-Resources & Serials Management, and Cataloging & Metadata. Cheri holds degrees in Communications and English Education from James Madison University and an MLIS from Texas... Read More →
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Randy Dykhuis

Executive Director, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)
Randy Dykhuis is Executive Director of the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, a nonprofit, membership organization that provides libraries in Michigan and Indiana with a convenient, single point of contact for training, group purchasing and technical support for electronic resources. He has held that position since February 2010. Prior to that, he was Executive Director for the Michigan Library Consortium, a position he... Read More →
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Pamela Grudzien

Director of Acquisitions, Metadata & Resource Sharing Services, Central Michigan University
Pamela has many years of library experience in public services, collection development, resource sharing, and more recently, technical services.  This varied experience has provided her with a well-rounded perspective of academic library services, challenges, and opportunities. Her latest projects include a Technical Services workflow analysis and reorganization plan as well as involvement in the statewide shared print project called MI... Read More →
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Rick Lugg

Partner, Sustainable Collection Services
Rick has worked with academic libraries since 1983. As a consultant and vendor, he has written approval  plans, streamlined workflows, evaluated collections, and designed library-friendly products and services. He holds an MLIS from Simmons College.  In 2007, Rick saw a growing need to weed monographs collections—responsibly, intelligently, and efficiently. His interest in this unlikely topic is partly karmic: having spent... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2012 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Francis Marion Drayton Room 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403