Library staff will complete a periodic review of all digital and print collections in order to replace worn or lost materials, identify gaps, and anticipate future needs. The elimination of such materials that are outdated, inaccurate, or academically unsupportive of current or near-future courses and programs is a necessary part of collection management.
A library resource is considered suitable for deselection if:
Discard Policy and Procedures
Library discards are items which are removed from the collection according to the General Collection Management Policy, or items removed due to damage. Library discards may be disposed at any time by the library. They might be given away for free, or their component parts may be recycled. Withdrawn and discarded items will not be accepted for donation in the future.
Library discards are handled in one of the following ways:
Deselection and Weeding of Obsolete Media
Created: September 19, 2012
Updated: February 2, 2019
Policy: It is the policy of the Knight-Capron Library to determine if a media format is considered obsolete by the University of Lynchburg community and change its collections accordingly.
A media format is considered obsolete if:
Procedure: Media formats are evaluated to see if any of them have become obsolete:
Once considered obsolete, the following procedures change the library’s collections:
At the end of the format’s life cycle, identify “death” date for a format – a time after earlier ideas (a-f) have been performed and withdraw last remaining titles, repurpose locations (if possible). Donate or offer for free last remaining titles