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Communication & Consultation: Collection Policy Review 2019/20

What we've heard from you so far

  • “There are important differences between disciplines, for example with respect to how ebooks are used and when materials are deselected.”
  • “It is important to pay attention to ebook licensing. We want ebooks that allow for text-mining and downloading chapters without restrictions.”
  • "I do enjoy the ability to access material remotely via electronic formats. There is a place for both electronic and print.”
  • “The deselection policy should include types of materials to protect.”
  • “To me the gold standard is the print version for reading/research - along with an electronic version that is also available for future access or reference purposes.”
  • More feedback (and the changes we've made)

Upcoming events

Focus groups and town halls

Dates: TBD (waiting until SFU campuses re-open)
Purpose: To gather iterative community input on the policy drafts.

Past events

Faculty Rep +1 meeting

Burnaby: October 28, 2019 | Vancouver: October 30, 2019 | Surrey: October 31, 2019
Purpose: To provide background on this policy review, and to gather faculty input on the communication and consultation process.

Survey

Open for responses November 21 - December 20, 2019
Purpose: To gather initial input from SFU faculty, students and staff to assist in writing draft policies.

Timeline

This timeline gives best estimates; dates may change.

  • May 2019: Task groups formed (Collections Policy Task Group, eBook Policy Task Group, Deselection Policy Task Group)
  • June 2019: Task groups determine their Terms of Reference
  • July - August 2019: Task groups gather information and identify topics to address in the policies
  • October 2019:
    • Present an update at the Senate Library Committee meeting
    • Consult with the SFU faculty representatives about the policy revision process
  • November 2019:
    • Review faculty rep feedback and revise process and communication materials
    • Invite SFU faculty and graduate students to send their input via survey (input also accepted from other SFU community members)
  • December 2019 - February 2020:
    • Survey closes on December 20, 2019
    • Task groups review the survey results
    • Share survey findings with the SFU community
    • Present an update of the collections policy review at the Senate Library Committee meeting
  • March - May 2020: Task groups write initial drafts and consult with all library staff
  • June 2020: Present draft policies and discuss plans for consultation with the SFU community at the Senate Library Committee meeting

Note: Due to the impact of COVID-19 and in particular the effect of social distancing/self-isolation, the Library has decided to postpone consultations with the SFU community during this period. 

Questions or comments?

Please contact the task group chairs at cprtg-chairs@sfu.ca with any questions or comments. Learn here about the task groups and their members. For information about why we're reviewing our collection policies, see Background.