Geisel Collections Consolidation Update (September 27, 2012)

Last fall, the Library embarked on a 3-year effort to consolidate print collections in order to accommodate our smaller campus footprint. After a great deal of work this summer, we have now completed the first phase of our compact shelving installation on the first floor of the East Wing of Geisel Library; we expect to complete the second phase of that installation during Winter quarter. As we’ve communicated previously, the installation of compact shelving in Geisel Library allows us to maximize the number of volumes that can be accommodated in Geisel, so is absolutely essential.

This first phase of shelving now accommodates the majority of the Q-Z call numbers in one combined sequence. Books and journals are shelved separately to allow ease of access within this new shelving area. On the upper floors of the Geisel tower, meanwhile, materials from the collection that had been located at IR/PS are being merged from their present location on the 8th floor into the A-P call number sequence on floors 5-7 and into the Q-Z sequence in the new first floor compact shelving. Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials from the collection formerly located at IR/PS will be combined with other similar language materials on the 4th floor of Geisel in order to form a comprehensive East Asia Collection. These decisions were informed by feedback we received from the faculty at the end of the spring quarter last year.

We have also received  many requests for the  return of the oversize materials, formerly located on the 8th floor, from the Annex back to Geisel. These materials had been temporarily moved to offsite storage last year in order to accommodate on the 8th floor materials from IR/PS. As soon as the 8th floor is ready, we plan toinstall dedicated oversize shelving on a portion of the 8th floor and bring back the oversize titles that users have been requesting. We hope to have this finished in spring 2013.

Along with these efforts, we are continuing to reduce duplication in our print collections. As we review and consolidate our science journal collections, we are, in many cases, moving print journals offsite in instances where digital versions are widely available. While print copies will continue to be available from offsite storage, either at our Library Annex or in one of the UC Regional Library Facilities, our goal remains to provide our primary user community with access to what they need, when and where they need it, and in the form most useful to them. Increasingly, our users expect content to be available anytime and anywhere in a digital and mobile form. We are therefore making concerted efforts to obtain scholarly journal electronic backfile content as well as current ebooks when our patrons need them.

We welcome input, comments, and suggestions from the campus community on how we can continue to provide the access you need to the array of information resources and collections we manage. We also welcome your recommendations for library acquisitions to further enhance and refine our range of collections in order to meet the increasingly electronic needs of our campus.

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Martha Hruska
Associate University Librarian for Collection Services 

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