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Hannon Library Sustainable Collection Growth, 2018-2023

A three-year project to strategically withdraw library materials in order to make space for collection growth without compromising access to the scholarly record.

Questions? Comments?

Glenn Johnson-Grau / Head of Acquisitions & Collection Development (and project manager) / / 310-338-6063

Kristine Brancolini / Dean of the Library / / 310-338-4593


The Sustainable Collection Growth team and Hannon Library Administration conducted an extensive literature review before undertaking this project. Following are articles that informed our work:

Agee, A. (2017) Faculty Response to Deselection in Academic Libraries: A Psycholinguistic Analysis, Collection Management, 42:2, 59-75, DOI: 10.1080/01462679.2017.1310069

Hardenbrook, J. (2014). Why We Weed: Book Deselection in Academic Libraries. [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Held, T. (2018) Curating, Not Weeding, Technical Services Quarterly, 35:2, 133-143, DOI: 10.1080/07317131.2018.1422882

Martin, J., Kamada, H. & Feeney, M. (2013) A Systematic Plan for Managing Physical Collections at the University of Arizona Libraries, Collection Management, 38:3, 226-242, DOI: 10.1080/01462679.2013.797376

McAllister, A. & Scherlen, A. (2017) Weeding with Wisdom: Tuning Deselection of Print Monographs in Book-Reliant Disciplines, Collection Management, 42:2, 76-91, DOI: 10.1080/01462679.2017.1299657

McHale, C., Egger-Sider, F., Fluk, L. & Ovadia, S. (2017) Weeding without Walking: A Mediated Approach to List-Based Deselection,Collection Management, 42:2, 92-108, DOI: 10.1080/01462679.2017.1318729

Oliva, V. (2016) "Deselection of print monographs in the humanities and social sciences in the digital age", Collection Building, Vol. 35 Issue: 2, pp.37-47, 

Snyder, C. (2014) Data-Driven Deselection: Multiple Point Data Using a Decision Support Tool in an Academic Library, Collection Management,39:1, 17-31, DOI: 10.1080/01462679.2013.866607

Soma, A. & Sjoberg, L. (2010) More Than Just Low-Hanging Fruit: A Collaborative Approach to Weeding in Academic Libraries, Collection Management, 36:1, 17-28, DOI: 10.1080/01462679.2011.529241