32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Thursday, November 8 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
3 Years, 400,000 Books, and 1 Front Page Story: A Library’s Collection Review Odyssey

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Library collections are unique, growing organisms that need care and maintenance. Collections are shaped by local acquisition and maintenance practices and procedures making each one unique. The unique nature of collections and local practices necessitate libraries to develop collection review practices accordingly. This session will outline the steps and thought process involved in a first-time holistic collection review project of a library’s monograph, audio-visual, and journal collections. Learn how 15 librarians tackled an unprecedented review of its University Library’s entire physical collection. Come away with a clear understanding of the steps and decisions necessary to manage a successful collection review project. Hear about our communication and technology strategies that resulted in more faculty involvement than we ever could have expected. Visit our project wiki at (will provide if selected) for lots and lots of useful information.


Michael Bell

Assistant Dean, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Michael Bell is Head of Materials Processing and Assistant Dean at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Michael has an MLS from George Peabody and has served at UT Chattanooga since 1980 in a variety of faculty positions.
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Theresa Liedtka

Dean of the Library, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Andrea Schurr

Digital Development Librarian, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
After spending eight years as UTC Library’s Head of Access Services, Andrea decided to cross over to library IT in 2009, assuming the roles of Digital Development Librarian and computer science graduate student. She now holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2012 3:15pm - 4:00pm EST
Addlestone Library Room 227 205 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401