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Deselection or weeding of library materials is an important collection management activity that ensures the collection is responsive to change and remains current and relevant to the teaching, learning and research activities within the University. Deselection ensures the quality of the collection is high, whilst unnecessary, outdated or worn out material is removed or replaced.
The library faces the challenge of accommodating new volumes each year with no extra space available for storage, therefore collection growth must be balanced by regular weeding. It is recognised that some print resources will always have value to clients both in the present and in the future or have intrinsic value or significance: these will be excluded from deselection. An increasing number of print resources are being replaced by online equivalents and these are candidates for weeding consideration.
Weeding: the discard and disposal of materials from the Deakin University Library collection.
Transfer: moving of materials from their present location to another location within the Deakin University Library collection.
CARM: Deakin University is as a member of the CARM (CAVAL Archival and Research Materials) Centre Consortium. The CARM centre is owned by a number of Victorian Universities and aims to provide a centralised, environmentally controlled storage facility for low use, research or last copy materials.
Relegation: transfer to the CARM Centre and relinquishment of ownership of the item to the CARM Centre consortium.
Disposal: the removal of items no longer required and not relegated to CARM.
Library staff are responsible for conducting ongoing evaluation of the collection to ensure it remains high quality and relevant. Library staff will check last copy status of weeded items to ensure these items are relegated to CARM. The Special Collections and Preservation Coordinator will advise on high value or significant items. The Manager, Collections and Access can advise on materials ineligible for deselection.
Deakin University CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B