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March 17–20, 2013

Austin, Texas

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Freeing Funds for Flexibility: Proactive Deselection of Library Subscriptions

Monday, March 18, 2013 at 2:05 PM–2:50 PM Central Time (US & Canada)
Salon D/E
2013 Conference Track

Collection Development


"Deselection" "ROI"

Learning Objectives

implement a method for deselecting materials as part of a regular workflow, identify criteria for deselecting library subscriptions in order to add new subscriptions, identify criteria for deselecting library subscriptions in case of budget cuts,



The concept of proactive deselection should be a part of our everyday vocabulary.  Proactive deselection empowers libraries to ensure that subscriptions best meet current user needs.  This session provides a checklist of how libraries might implement and integrate a regular review of subscriptions for possible deselection into their workflow.


Doralyn Rossmann, Montana State University Library
Nathan Hosburgh, MLIS, Montana State University - Bozeman