The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present

Rick Lugg

President, Sustainable Collection Services

who will be speaking about

Rethinking Library Resources:

The Role of Local Print Collections in a Digital Age


March 6, 2014, 1:00-3:00p.m.

Earl & Jennie Lohn Policy Room (Rm. 7000),

SFU Harbour Centre (webcast available for this session only)

  • Coffee and refreshments will be served at 1:00 p.m., with the talk beginning at 1:30 p.m.
  • Be sure to arrive early for some mingling, and feel free to socialize after the talk as well.



March 7, 2014, 1:30-3:30p.m.

Haro Room, Cadboro Commons

University of Victoria

  • Coffee and refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m., with the talk beginning at 2:00 p.m.
  • Be sure to arrive early for some mingling, and feel free to socialize after the talk as well.



Library shelves are increasingly full, and print books are still being acquired. Yet surprisingly few are being used. In 2011, a study of OhioLINK’s 88 libraries and 30 million monograph volumes showed that 6% of those books accounted for 80% of circulations. In October 2010, Cornell reported that 55% of its books had not circulated since 1990. Meanwhile, library administrators seek to expand space for group study, information commons, and writing centers. Much of the available space is currently occupied by low-use print collections, stored and maintained at an estimated annual cost of $4.26 per volume in open stacks, $.86 per volume in high-density storage. For these reasons, print collections face increased scrutiny.

This session will focus on three aspects of this challenge:

The Changing Value of Local Print Collections: changing user preferences; usage of print collections; shelving and floor space; lifecycle management costs.

Alternatives to Local Print Collections: collection integrity & security; the “collective collection”; archival copies, service copies and surplus copies; Hathi Trust; shared print initiatives (WEST, CRL, MI-SPI, Maine Shared Collection Strategy and others); and independent action in a collective context.

Managing Down Local Collections: making the case; coordinated deselection; efficient storage & withdrawal; analytical tools and deselection metadata; disposition options.

The intent of this session is to explore why rethinking print collections is a reasonable idea at this time, and how management of print collections might be adapted while assuring archival security and continued access for users.

About the Speaker:

Additional background information can be found on two blogs:

Sample & Hold: Rick Lugg’s Blog Most recent topic: “Shared Print Monographs: The Question of Scale”

SCS Insight: News & Comment on Data-Driven Deselection: Most recent topic: “Talking with Faculty About Library Collections (Revisited)”


For those attending in Victoria, the easiest parking is available in Lot 5, accessed off Sinclair Road (which continues MacKenzie). Refer to the following map:

For those attending in Vancouver, parking and public transit info for SFU Harbour Centre is available here:


The Blog for E-Resources & Access Service Bulletins has moved to:

Our New Site!

Please bookmark the new site, and we’ll see you there!

*UPDATE* This is related to the Internet Problem post*

Access to all Gale databases from on campus has been lost this morning. The problem seems to be somewhere between here and their servers.

Off-campus access via EZproxy & myVPN seems to be working fine. Stay tuned.

ARBA Online [American Reference Books Annual Online] is now available for perusing.

“ARBAonline is the most comprehensive, authoritative database for quality reviews of print and electronic reference works.”–ABC CLIO

  • More than 23,000 reviews of reference works published since 1997
  • Written by librarians for librarians
  • More than 400 publishers in over 500 subject areas.

The Life Sciences Package is a collection of related ejournals. Here is a title list:

  • Advances in Agronomy
  • Advances in Applied Microbiology
  • Advances in Botanical Research
  • Advances in Cancer Research
  • Advances in Clinical Chemistry
  • Advances in Ecological Research
  • Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
  • Advances in Genetics
  • Advances in Immunology
  • Advances in Insect Physiology
  • Advances in Marine Biology
  • Advances in Microbial Physiology
  • Advances in Parasitology
  • Advances in Pharmacology
  • Advances in Protein Chemistry & Structural Biology
  • Advances in Virus Research
  • Current Topics in Developmental Biology
  • Current Topics in Membranes
  • The Enzymes
  • Fish Physiology
  • International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
  • International Review of Neurobiology
  • Methods in Cell Biology
  • Methods in Microbiology
  • New Comprehensive Biochemistry
  • Progress in Brain Research
  • Progress in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Progress in Nucleic Acid Research and Molecular Biology
  • Side Effects of Drugs Annual (SEDA)
  • Vitamins & Hormones

To access these titles, go to the “Search Collection / Journals” Library webpage and search the titles in the “Search for Online Journals Only” search box on the right.

Links labeled “ScienceDirect Life Sciences Book Series” are for this new collection.

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