Over the past year and a half library staff undertook one of the largest collection management projects in the history of Albertsons Library. With the ongoing development of the College of Innovation and Design and reassignment of floor space, library staff completed a project to critically evaluate, deselect and refine the University’s physical collection. Over 110,000 individual items were reviewed to identify multiple copies, use patterns and value to campus programs.
Approximately 25,000 volumes of journals in print and microform were relocated to a retrieval facility in Pioneer Hall. These items can easily be requested by library patrons via the “Hold/Request” or “Request item through Interlibrary Loan” buttons in the catalog. Articles will be delivered to you electronically through interlibrary loan in a timely manner. You may also request entire volumes to be placed on hold for pick-up or delivered to on-campus offices.
This was truly a team effort by library staff. Under the leadership of Nancy Rosenheim and Mary Aagard, Acquisitions and Collections and Access Services staff worked with library faculty/subject specialists to carefully assess the usage, value, and subject coverage for each item. Once reviewed, thousands of library materials were physically moved. The library catalog records for those materials were then updated by Acquisitions and Collections and Cataloging staff to ensure discoverability.
Boise State’s library has the largest and most diverse collection of academic resources in Southwest Idaho, utilized by both the campus community and surrounding region. Ensuring the ongoing value of the collection was critical when faced with a rapid reduction of physical space. Because of the staff’s attentive stewardship, the University’s physical library collection has become more current and focused on usability for all.
Head, Access Services/Associate Professor