Deselection (or weeding) is a standard practice in managing a library’s collection. It is important in keeping a collection vibrant, relevant, and useable. It also assists in preventing stacks from becoming overcrowded, helps make remaining materials more visible and accessible, and allows the library to make the most effective use of its building space to best support learning and research.
Collections evolve over time to reflect changes in the University’s mission and goals, curricular changes, the preferences of our users, and the academic community at large.
The objective of our current deselection initiative is to evaluate of all types of materials held in the Ort Library’s collections (except Special Collections/Archives, Government Documents, Maps, and Reserve) to identify those that should be permanently removed in order to maintain a vital collection in support of the curricular and research needs at FSU while simultaneously providing space for other vital services.
This is a cooperative and consultative endeavor that involves library staff, teaching faculty, and other members of the FSU campus community.
Materials that are withdrawn from the collection will be subject to all University policies addressing property disposition. The library will utilize disposal methods that are appropriate to the subject matter and format, including: