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Optimizing Collection Space Across the Tri-University Group of Libraries (TUG)

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Library has further enhanced its collaboration with TUG partners, the University of Guelph Library and the Wilfrid Laurier University Library, to implement a large-scale review of the TUG libraries’ print book collections with a focus on identifying and possibly removing duplicate copies of older, low-use books from the libraries’ collections. 

A student reading a book

Working with Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) to extract and enrich library holdings data, the TUG libraries are using that data to inform decisions relating to big-picture questions like “what defines a low-use book?” and to determine how much duplication exists across libraries’ collections in TUG, in Ontario, in Canada, and beyond. Using this data, the TUG libraries can consider opportunities for reducing duplicates down to one copy in TUG for older, low-use, and widely-available items.

Collections space gained through this initiative will be repurposed to meet each of the TUG libraries’ local needs — meaning that the Library will have more room for the resources and services that matter the most to our students and faculty.

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