Summer Projects are Finishing Up

As the summer winds down, our projects are finishing up.  There have been quite a few changes in the library from top to bottom.  Starting at the top, the 4th floor had many older, unused books withdrawn from the collection.  This finished a project that began on the lower level 4 years ago.

The 3rd floor has been reconfigured so that the call numbers begin as soon as you exit from the main stairwell.  Education materials (call numbers beginning with the letter L) have been moved to the 3rd floor from the 2nd floor.  Also on the 3rd floor, all of the bound journals have been separated out of the main collection and are now shelved together at the south end of the building.

Moving down to the 2nd floor, the video/DVD collection has been moved from the northeast corner to the shelves vacated when the Education materials went upstairs.  You can now find DVDs just west of the main stairs.  As on the 3rd floor, the bound journals on the 2nd floor are now shelved together, separate from the books.  These are located directly after the new video/DVD section.

The main floor remained relatively unscathed this year.  The lower level has been completely re-carpeted. A few splashes of new paint have also helped spruce up the lower level.  All in all, it’s been a busy summer with lots of changes.  Please ask if you need help finding anything!

Summer Projects at the Library

Summer is traditionally when the library puts aside the typical day-to-day functions and works on major projects that would be too disruptive during the academic year. This summer is no exception, with several projects in the works. The final phase of our Sustainable Collections project is under way on the 4th floor. We are withdrawing older, unused, and readily available books from the collection. The affected subjects (with the dates they will be withdrawn) are: Philosophy (May 22); Psychology (May 22); Fine Arts (May 29); Religion (June 19); World History (July 10). Faculty may come to the library and indicate which books should be kept; or they can view the withdrawal lists online, highlight the titles to be kept, and e-mail those lists to Dave O’Brien (obriend@hope.edu).

The 3rd floor will undergo a major shift as we move the Education materials (call number L) from the 2nd floor and also change the starting point of the call numbers. The call numbers on the 3rd floor will now begin as soon as patrons exit the main stairwell instead of beginning in the northwest corner of the floor. In addition, bound journals on the 2nd and 3rd floors will no longer be integrated with the collection. Each floor will have a designated area where all of the bound journals for the call numbers on that floor are located. (Bound journals on the 4th floor and lower level will be separated out in the future.)

Finally, new carpeting will be installed on the lower level. Beginning in mid-June student workers will be removing all books from the bottom shelves then lifting up the bases of all shelving ranges. Carpet installers will then remove the existing carpeting and install the new carpet. This project will take most of July. Minor painting will also occur on the lower level.

Sustainable Collections Project

For the past several years, the library has been working on a “sustainable collections” project which involves removing older, unused, readily-available books from the library collection.  The final part of the current phase will occur this summer when we look at books on the 4th floor and the Art section on the 2nd floor.  Call numbers beginning with A, B, C, D, and N are now up for review.  Corresponding subjects are Philosophy, Religion, World History, and Art.  Books that meet the criteria for withdrawal have been marked with green flags.  Faculty may replace any of those flags with red flags to indicate that the library should keep any given title.  If you prefer, you may highlight titles to be kept on an Excel spreadsheet and return that sheet to Dave O’Brien (obriend@hope.edu).  We will begin removing books from the collection in late May, which gives faculty at least two months to look through their areas of interest and flag the books we should keep.  Red flags are available at the library’s main circulation desk.  If you have any questions please contact Kelly Jacobsma (jacobsma@hope.edu ; x7738) or Dave O’Brien (obriend@hope.edu ; x7791).

Library Sustainable Collections Project Continues this Summer

This summer the library will continue a large-scale deselection project for monographs at the Van Wylen Library.  We will be making evidence-based decisions to carefully manage the deselection of low-use print monographs and also identify monograph titles for preservation.  This effort is part of a larger state-wide effort to cooperatively preserve low-use titles.

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Purpose of the Project:

The Hope College Van Wylen Library is now 25 years old.  It was built to accommodate 20 years of collection growth.  While the acquisition of e-books has slowed growth somewhat, our shelves are full.  In addition, we want to create new spaces for student collaboration, technology, and other support services, and make the remaining collections more attractive and usable for students.  The Sustainable Collections Project is a large-scale “weeding” project that will identify low or no use print monographs that could be removed from the collection.  The project will also identify monographs that need to be preserved because they are rare or not widely held by other academic libraries.

Monographs are candidates for withdrawal if they were published before 2000 and had 0 or 1 circulations in the past 23 years and are held by more than 50 academic libraries nationwide and more than 3 peer libraries in Michigan.  Peer libraries include 14 academic libraries (both state public and small liberal arts) that are MeL participants and have expressed an interest in cooperative preservation of low-use titles.

Preservation candidates are those titles that are held by fewer than 5 academic libraries nationwide, or we are the only library in Michigan holding that title.  Many of these titles will be moved to the rare book collection.

Some collections will be preserved automatically.  Anything that is marked Banninga Collection, Hope Collection, or Muste Collection will be preserved for historical reasons.  The Hope Collection is a collection of books written by Hope alumni.  These three collections are not a part of the withdrawal candidate lists and will be handled separately.

Collections that will be affected this summer:

The library will be working this summer on the 3rd floor of Van Wylen Library.  We are beginning with the E call number range and working upward (E, F, G, H, J, K).  All of these ranges are now ready to be reviewed by faculty. Green flags have been placed in all withdrawal candidates. Faculty have until May 30 to indicate which of these titles should be kept. To do that, simply swap the green flag with a red one. Red flags are available at the Circulation Desk.

For more information about the project, see the Hope Sustainable Collections Page.

If you have questions about the project, please contact Kelly Jacobsma, David O’Brien or Brian Yost.

Library Sustainable Collections Project is Underway

This summer the library is beginning a large-scale deselection project for monographs at the Van Wylen Library and the Music Library.  We will be making evidence-based decisions to carefully manage the deselection of low-use print monographs and also identify monograph titles for preservation.  This effort is part of a larger state-wide effort to cooperatively preserve low-use titles.scstrucks

Purpose of the Project:

The Hope College Van Wylen Library is now nearly 25 years old.  It was built to accommodate 20 years of collection growth.  While the acquisition of e-books has slowed growth somewhat, our shelves are full.  In addition, we want to create new spaces for student collaboration, technology, and other support services, and make the remaining collections more attractive and usable for students.  The Sustainable Collections Project is a large-scale “weeding” project that will identify low or no use print monographs that could be removed from the collection.  The project will also identify monographs that need to be preserved because they are rare or not widely held by other academic libraries.

Monographs are candidates for withdrawal if they were published before 2000 and had 0 or 1 circulations in the past 23 years and are held by more than 50 academic libraries nationwide and more than 3 peer libraries in Michigan.  Peer libraries include 14 academic libraries (both state public and small liberal arts) that are MeL participants and have expressed an interest in cooperative preservation of low-use titles.

Preservation candidates are those titles that are held by fewer than 5 academic libraries nationwide, or we are the only library in Michigan holding that title.  Many of these titles will be moved to the rare book collection.

Some collections will be preserved automatically.  Anything that is marked Banninga Collection, Hope Collection, or Muste Collection will be preserved for historical reasons.  The Hope Collection is a collection of books written by Hope alumni.  These three collections are not a part of the withdrawal candidate lists and will be handled separately.

Collections that will be affected this summer:

The library will primarily be working this summer on the lower level of Van Wylen Library and in the Music Library.  We are beginning with the Z call number range and working upward (Z, V, U, T, S, R, Q, PR-PZ).  Books in the Z call number range are currently under review.

For more information about the project, see the Hope Sustainable Collections Page.

If you have questions about the project, please contact Kelly Jacobsma, David O’Brien or Brian Yost.