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Rethinking Library Resources (Victoria location)

BC Research Libraries Group

Friday, 7 March 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM (PST)

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The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present

Rick Lugg

President, Sustainable Collection Services

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Rethinking Library Resources: The Role of Local Print Collections in a Digital Age


March 7, 2014, 1:30p.m.-3:30p.m., Haro Room, Cadboro Commons, University of Victoria


  • Coffee and refreshments will be served at 1:30p.m., with the talk beginning at 2:00p.m. Be sure to arrive early for some mingling, and feel free to socialize after the talk as well.


Library shelves are increasingly full, and print books are still being acquired. Yet surprisingly few are being used. In 2011, a study of OhioLINK’s 88 libraries and 30 million monograph volumes showed that 6% of those books accounted for 80% of circulations. In October 2010, Cornell reported that 55% of its books had not circulated since 1990. Meanwhile, library administrators seek to expand space for group study, information commons, and writing centers. 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.


This session will focus on three aspects of this challenge:

The Changing Value of Local Print Collections: changing user preferences; usage of print collections; shelving and floor space; lifecycle management costs.

Alternatives to Local Print Collections: collection integrity & security; the “collective collection”; archival copies, service copies and surplus copies; Hathi Trust; shared print initiatives (WEST, CRL, MI-SPI, Maine Shared Collection Strategy and others); and independent action in a collective context.

Managing Down Local Collections: making the case; coordinated deselection; efficient storage & withdrawal; analytical tools and deselection metadata; disposition options.


The intent of this session is to explore why rethinking print collections is a reasonable idea at this time, and how management of print collections might be adapted while assuring archival security and continued access for users.


About the Speaker:

Additional background information can be found on two blogs:

Sample & Hold: Rick Lugg’s Blog Most recent topic: “Shared Print Monographs: The Question of Scale”

SCS Insight: News & Comment on Data-Driven Deselection: Most recent topic: “Talking with Faculty About Library Collections (Revisited)”



The easiest parking is available in Lot 5, accessed off Sinclair Road (which continues MacKenzie). Refer to the following map:


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When & Where

University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Rd
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Friday, 7 March 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM (PST)

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BCRLG Speaker Series: A partnership with SFU, UVic, UBC, UNBC, RRU and TRU to program a Speaker Series that supports scholarship, fosters learning and brings awareness to our respective communities on emerging issues in the information landscape

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