In the past two years, collections at the J. Murrey Atkins Library have grown faster than at any comparable period in its history. Most of these new collections are research journal backfiles that vastly expand the Library’s holdings, making them instantly available from any computer, to multiple users, with stronger preservation. Best of all, these backfiles gave UNC Charlotte faculty access to articles equivalent to that found in much larger and older universities.
One result of these new collections is that certain carefully selected print journal volumes can now be removed from the collection, relieving some of the Library’s acute space constraints. The Library has prepared an FAQ document that describes in detail what kinds of journals will be removed, and the process for keeping the University community informed. In sum, the titles being removed will be predominantly scientific, containing few if any images, with reliable provisions for preservation.
It is equally important to describe what kinds of material will not be withdrawn. This project will not affect books, popular magazines, local/regional publications, image-intensive journals, or journals that lack adequate preservation. If you have questions or comments that are not covered by the FAQ document, please contact either Chuck Hamaker, AUL for Collection Development, or Stanley Wilder, University Librarian.