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This guide will provide information about deselection procedures and list potential BU library materials that are compiled for deselection.

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Hello everyone,


Please find below what the library is proposing to de-select from the physical collection this Fall:


This list of deselections was created in accordance with Senate Library Policy. The Library is soliciting interdisciplinary feedback from Teaching Faculty. We appreciate your feedback by October 29, 2021.


 What feedback is required?


1.      In instances where the materials are requisite for institutional teaching or institutional research at BU, please use the Retention Request form to submit criteria for retention of the item.

2.      If any materials on the deselection list are of use only for your research or interest, rather than to the broader community teaching and research priorities, please use the Deselected Items Request form to request the item for your personal use. The Library strongly believes that the most effective access that we can provide to esoteric resources is via Interlibrary Loan, rather than keeping them in our Library "in case."

3.      The Library acknowledges that the system statistics capture usage in a comprehensive, but not exhaustive, manner. If you see items on the list that you know you have used (either in the Library, or via loan), please share this using the Report Statistical Errors form.


Why is the Library deselecting these materials?

Regular lifecycle management of a library collection includes both acquisition and deselection; this ensures that the institutional collection remains relevant and of the best possible quality.

The Library has a history of not doing holistic deselection work due to a lack of professional Librarian workload capacity to do so. Over the course of decades, this resulted in overgrowth of the collection and significant impact on the accessibility of our spaces. To meet legislated accessibility requirements, mitigate hazards, and maximize student workspaces, the Library will do larger scale deselection now and over the next 5 years.


What is the criteria for deselecting these materials?

In accordance with our statistical usage criteria, this list consists of music items that have never circulated, are over 15 years old or are otherwise outdated; are in languages that are not aligned with collection development priorities; are duplicate copies.


This list also consists of government documents that do not demonstrate any prior circulation. The majority of these items are incomplete, short and scattered runs of serials. The majority of these items are over 20 years old. The items are not aligned to BU teaching and research priorities. This list of items does not include Manitoba government publications. Brandon University is not a depository service for any government documents.


I am happy to answer any questions you may have about this process.


Melanie Sucha, MLIS | She/Her | Chief Information Officer
Library, Archives, and IT Services | Brandon University

270 18th Street | Brandon, MB  R7A 6A9
Tel: 204-727-9688   |    Cell: 204-724-2622