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Thursday, November 3 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Getting Selector Buy-in Before the Wrecking Ball Comes

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When a new classroom building was approved in late 2014 that would conjoin and extend into Auburn University's Draughon Library, 38,000 square feet of space had to be cleared in a very short time. 400,000 volumes needed to be withdrawn or moved to off-site storage, a move complicated by loss of space in closed stacks due to the installation of a new fire suppression system, promises of a remote storage facility which had yet to be built, no concrete deadlines, and the need to identify and retain materials included in consortial retention agreements.

Space clearing began with a project to remove unneeded duplicate copies which in turn uncovered a multitude of catalog and shelving problems and then evolved into several more projects. All these projects required an extensive time commitment from selectors primarily for input and decision-making skills on titles to be withdrawn or moved to off-site storage. Shifting thousands of books and journals also required manual labor from students, librarians, and staff. None of this would have been possible without buy-in from all library personnel. This presentation details the variety of methods used by Auburn's Collection Team to foster buy-in and keep the project moving toward completion.


Barbara Bishop

Collection Team Member, Auburn University Libraries
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Adelia Grabowsky

Collection Team Member, Auburn University Libraries

Liza Weisbrod

Collection Team Member, Auburn University Libraries

Thursday November 3, 2016 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Salon I, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401