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We weeded!

We collected data on our monograph collection using the Aleph X-services and the WorldCat Search API.  The data was visualized using Tableau.  We determined that over half (OK, 74%) of our collection was published before 1980, and that those books only accounted for 8% of the overall loans.  Based on this data, we decided to weed books that were: older than our students, haven't left the shelf in 10 years, and are easily obtainable from IDS libraries.  So far we have weeded around 11,500 books.

The collection analysis had some interesting responses from the teaching faculty.  Some backed slowly away when shown the spreadsheets, but many helped the weeding process with wild abandon or careful deliberation ("How many other SUNYs have this edition?").

Once the dust and mold settles from weeding, we hope to purchase new shelving, and make the second floor of the library more student oriented (add some outlets?!?).

Nov. 16, 2011 @ FIT / Re: Campus Updates
« on: November 15, 2011, 12:17:25 PM »
Not much news from SUNY Broome. Discussions are taking place about renovating the ground floor of the library that was damaged during the flood. The renovation/redesign is targeted to be concluded by Spring 2013.

Sept. 23, 2011 @ Cortland / Re: Campus Updates
« on: September 23, 2011, 09:00:06 AM »
SUNY Broome was closed for a few days during the flood.  When we returned to campus, it was to find that most of the campus had been spared the flooding, except for the Learning Resources Center, where the library and student support services are.

The ground floor of the building was flooded with 1/2 a foot of water and has to be gutted.  Student support services, which was on that floor has been relocated to the library reference area, group study rooms, archives, conference room....a tight fit, but it's working!

To help the students that lost their textbooks during the flood, the library has significantly increased the number of textbooks on reserve with help from BCC faculty.

At this point the chaos has mostly settled down, and it's now time to start picking though the soggy book returns.

Amanda Hollister

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