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Thursday, November 5 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
A Crossroads for Collection Development and Assessment, and Its’ “Fallout.” Where Do We Go From Gere?

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My poster session will demonstrate with tightening budgets, changing workflows, and other pressures, we’re at an important crossroads for collection development and assessment, and its’ “fallout.” Where do we go from here?

Withdrawals, transfers, replacements, and gifts, all are key factors in collection maintenance and development. At the Albertson Library we have found that weeded collections and unneeded gifts open new horizons, which impact global literacy and contribute to the quality of life. Change and assessment must be sustainable; it must create its own momentum.

Poster highlights: Literacy partnerships are two-way relationships involving mutual planning and conduct of programs and projects. We believe that education and access to books are basic human rights. Working together, with our literacy partners, we cycle many of our withdrawn titles to help fund high-impact literacy projects. By finding old books new homes, we have created a sustainable solution for diverting books from landfills. BWB Donations and Discards program helps us manage and ease our workflows related to withdrawn books and unneeded gifts. We’ve partnered with Better World Books (BWB) http://www.betterworldbooks.com/ and our nonprofit literacy program, the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc. http://www.wisnic.org/. The Library Book Sale includes selected gift books and older withdrawn titles of higher value. A percentage of proceeds from BWB and the Library Book sale are shared with - the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas. The Library’s share of proceeds is used to support the purchase of CORE (Resources for College Library) items, thus enhancing key needs of our collections.


Tom Reich

Collection Development Coordinator/Head of Acquisitions, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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