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Task Groups: Collection Policy Review 2019/20

In Spring 2019, the Library formed three task groups composed of 5-6 librarians. Each group has liaison librarians from various disciplines and each campus.

The groups were tasked with drafting new collections policies to provide clear guidance for stewarding Library collections in the future, in alignment with the Library's Strategic Plan and in consultation with SFU faculty and students.

Principles

The task groups will be guided by the following values and principles from the 2017-2021 SFU Library Strategic Plan:

  • Our values of openness, diversity and creativity
  • Build responsive and enduring collections, including distinctive and accessible Special Collections (1.4)
  • Steward and preserve the scholarly record in its various formats in today’s academic environment (preamble)
  • Participate in and develop shared collections with trusted partners (3.4)
  • Respond to increased demand for digital information (4.2)
  • Expand spaces for learning, interaction and experimentation (2.1)
  • Deepen our commitment to student research (2.3)
  • Work within the framework of the Academic, Strategic Research, and Aboriginal Strategic Plans as well as other key planning documents at SFU (preamble)

Collections Policy Task Group

This group is chaired by Patty Gallilee (Associate Dean of Libraries, Collections & Scholarly Communication) and reports to Gwen Bird, the Dean of Libraries. See list of members.

Questions and issues that the Collections Policy Task Group may address include: 

  • how all three libraries align with the policy
  • intellectual freedom
  • Indigenization
  • equity, diversity & inclusion 
  • Open Access
  • cooperative/shared collections
  • types and formats of materials collected (video, ebooks, etc.)
  • languages
  • duplicates

eBook Policy Task Group

This group reports to Patty GallileeAssociate Dean of Libraries, Collections & Scholarly Communication. See list of members.

Questions and issues that the eBook Policy Task Group may address include: 

  • under what circumstances the policy will prefer ebooks over print
  • if the Library does move to an e-preferred policy, what exceptions might lead to selecting print over electronic (e.g. DRM, discipline)
  • when/if it is acceptable to duplicate an ebook purchase in print

Deselection Policy Task Group

This group reports to Patty GallileeAssociate Dean of Libraries, Collections & Scholarly Communication. See list of members.

Questions and issues that the Deselection Policy Task Group may address include: 

  • deselection criteria
  • types of material to deselect (e.g. duplicates, textbooks, superseded editions, journals, other outdated/unwanted material)
  • role of shared print archives
  • role of community/faculty consultation
  • building deselection into regular library processes
  • disposal of withdrawn material

Questions or comments?

Please contact the task group chairs at cprtg-chairs@sfu.ca with any questions or comments. For information about why we’re reviewing our collection policies, see Background.