Library Faculty Scholarship

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Book Chapter

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This chapter describes a large scale deselection project that took place at Belmont University. The library was renovated and rearranged, which results in the loss of some shelf space. In order to ensure that the best, most relevant parts of the collection remained available in open stacks, a deselection process was undertaken. Using the Koufogiannakis & Brettle EBLIP framework, we collected evidence via literature review, local evidence (circulation stats; WorldCat library holdings), and professional expertise (submitted lists for faculty review). After assessing this evidence, we agreed on a way forward and began. We started by moving a large number of books to closed stacks and then continued the deselection process and removed more than 19,000 books from the collection. As we moved books around, we went through several cycles of assembling and assessing evidence, then adapting our process based on the updated evidence. Our team has learned from this process and hopes to adapt the implementation to create a more regular maintenance schedule for deselection and refreshing the entire collection.