Library staff are responsible for maintaining a high-quality active collection, which supports and responds to the University’s learning and teaching activities. Liaison Librarians regularly evaluate the collection to ensure library resources are relevant, current, and in good condition.
The following criteria may be used to make decisions regarding the physical deselection of library resources:
- relevancy to the curriculum;
- usage rates;
- age of the material (this may vary according to discipline);
- condition of the material;
- number of copies (multiple copies no longer relevant to teaching and learning activities will be assessed);
- superseded editions;
- format (physical copies may be removed if an electronic copy is made available, redundant formats may also be removed).
Evaluation and decision making may be informed by:
- system reports and analytics;
- stakeholder consultation and feedback.
Physical resources will NOT be deselected if:
- they are included in current reading lists;
- are core or seminal works;
- hold value or significance to our local communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Regular deselection activities may be complemented by large scale projects to meet the evolving needs of UniSC’s student community and contribute to the Strategic Goals, Engagement and Infrastructure, as outlined in UniSC Strategic Plan 2021-2024.