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Monograph Deselection Project

For faculty

Periodically, your library liaison will let you know that a list of titles on particular subjects is available for review. In that email, you'll find a link to this Monograph Deselection Project guide.

  1. Use the menu to the left to locate the list you want to review.
  2. From those titles, please mark any individual titles to keep or withdraw, or make comments.
  3. You can also enter your name to ask for something if it does wind up being withdrawn. (If more than one faculty member asks to have a withdrawn book, we'll consider it of sufficient interest to retain in the library collection.)
  4. The lists will be limited to the titles your liaison has identified for possible withdrawal. The titles already marked for retention are hidden so you don't have to scroll through thousands of titles to find the ones you want to review. 
  5. If you'd like to see the titles already marked for retention, please follow the instructions in the tab at the lower left of the list, marked "How to Customize View." Please use only those instructions; filtering the list from the default view will affect other users working with the list.
  6. Your liaison will give a deadline for reviewing the list; after that date, the list will be inaccessible and the titles marked for withdrawal will be withdrawn.

if you'd like to have a chance to review title lists outside your department's subject, you can ask to be notified of any list that interests you, and you'll get an email when the library liaison responsible for that list is ready to start.

You are also welcome, at any time, to come to these lists and review titles at your leisure. When a list has been completed and the selected books withdrawn, the list will no longer be accessible.

A few important notes about retention:

  • The core titles for your discipline--the most central materials--aren't going anywhere, and neither are materials we've only recently acquired. Core titles and recent acquisitions will be retained.
  • Nothing will be automatically withdrawn; a book has to be specifically selected in order to be withdrawn. In addition to their own knowledge of your subject, discipline, and academic department, Middlebury's liaison librarians have access to a wide array of information and tools to help them identify materials we need to retain and materials we no longer need to keep on our shelves.
  • Please also be aware that we have roughly 136,000 volumes that we're committed to retain on behalf of other libraries in the Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust; the other libraries are also assigned volumes to keep and lend to Middlebury scholars.

As always, if you have questions or would like to walk through the process with a librarian, please feel free to contact either your liaison librarian or Douglas Black, Head of Collections Management.

For students and staff

Please feel free to offer your input! We want as much information from our users as we can get. Here's how:

  1. Use the menu to the left to locate the subject list you want. The lists are limited to the titles not already marked to be kept automatically.
  2. From those titles, please mark any individual titles to keep or withdraw, or make comments.
  3. If you'd like to see the titles already marked for retention, please use the instructions in the tab at the lower left of the title list, marked "How to Customize View." Please use only those instructions; filtering the list from the default view will affect other users viewing the list.
  4. After faculty and the liaison librarians have completed reviewing a given list, the list will be inaccessible and the titles marked for withdrawal will be withdrawn.

A few important notes about retention:

  • The core titles for any discipline--the most central materials--aren't going anywhere, and neither are materials we've only recently acquired
  • Nothing will be automatically withdrawn; a book has to be specifically selected in order to be withdrawn. In addition to their own knowledge of specific subjects, disciplines, and academic departments, Middlebury's liaison librarians have access to a wide array of information and tools to help them identify materials we need to retain and materials we no longer need to keep on our shelves.
  • Please also be aware that we have roughly 136,000 volumes that we're committed to retain on behalf of other libraries in the Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust; the other libraries are also assigned volumes to keep and lend to Middlebury scholars.

If you have questions or would like to walk through the process with a librarian, please feel free to contact either a liaison librarian or Douglas Black, Head of Collections Management.