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.