As the research needs of community college students have changed, the library has collected data on instructor expectations of student research, student impressions of the library and library services, as well as usage data of the print and electronic collections. This poster will show the data collected as well as the processed used to determine how best to weed and update the collection in order to not just trim the collection, but plant seeds for the future.
Current weeding efforts are about more than the collection and also about the need for student space within the library. As students are less reliant on print resources, that allows the library to consider ways to meet other needs that contribute to student success, including more computer access as well as spaces for students to collaborate. These competing needs have not always been well addressed by collection development policies that emphasized growing the collection, rather than having the right materials at the right time for students to be successful.
Elizabeth Nelson– Cataloging & Collection Development Library and Library Chair, McHenry County College