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Stanley Wilder
swilder2@uncc.edu
Phone: 704-687-3110
Director's Blog  
 
Let me say emphatically: Atkins Library has no intention of discarding print monographs. That said, it’s important to recognize that many prestigious research libraries are well along in a process that does just that.
 
The backstory tempers somewhat the outrageousness of the words “trashing books.” These research libraries discard only those books that have preservation-conscious digital versions, and quick, reliable access to print versions that are shared among groups of like-minded libraries. 

Sincerely,





Nothing could come less naturally to research librarians than discarding collections. That’s why we’re recognizing this month the one year anniversary of Atkins Library’s journal discard project. We feared faculty revolt, we doubted our own resolve to actually pull volumes from shelves. They didn’t, we did, and progress happens.
 
I’ve described in previous posts the care we’ve taken to ensure that this project only increase access and preservation, and that titles be retained wherever one of a generous set of attributes pertains. So here at the project’s first anniversary, a toast to the resolve of a university community to becoming great.  

Sincerely,





Last year, use data from this database led Atkins Library to cancel about $100K worth of high cost/low use journals published by Taylor and Francis. A memo detailing this project is available here.
 
Clearly, Taylor and Francis has a significant quality problem, and Atkins is by no means alone in taking note. A quick Google search reveals that universities as diverse as the UC system, Clemson, and UVA have already cancelled Taylor and Francis titles, and many others are preparing to follow suit. It must be said that some T/F titles are excellent, but its portfolio cannot prove strong enough to support a going concern. 

Sincerely,