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Collection review

How we maintain and manage our print collections

Regular and ongoing collection reviews are necessary due to space pressures of growing collections. It is recognised that some disciplines are more reliant on print collections so there are two sets of criteria that apply to different library collections.

Academic staff will be consulted as part of any major review and will be given the opportunity to comment on the relocation of material from the open collections. Collection reviews are carried out within our collection management principles.

Monographs
  • The University Library will retain a copy of each edition of every monographic title currently in the collection except for those volumes subject to the disposal criteria.

    For more information on the monograph review criteria, please refer to our Collection review guidelines.

Journals
  • The University has invested heavily in digital back sets of the key journals used by members of the University. These digital files duplicate many of the extensive print journal issues contained in the collection. The policy relating to digital journals requires print versions to be retained if the digital version is not identical and if archival access, cannot be guaranteed. Where it is possible to guarantee archival access and the online version is equivalent to the print version, the policy permits the disposal of print editions.

    For more information on the journal review criteria, please refer to our Collection review guidelines.

Audio-visual and multimedia
  • Audio-visual and multimedia resources are interfiled with the monograph and journal collections. Restricted access material R18+ and MA15+ will be shelved on the open shelves in locked cases. Content formerly published in audio-visual or multimedia format is increasingly available online and it is intended to replace redundant formats where feasible and warranted.

    For more information on the audio-visual and multimedia resources review criteria, please refer to our Collection review guidelines.

Curriculum resources collection (Fisher Library only)
  • The collection will be reviewed using the criteria applicable to monographs, journals, audio-visual/multimedia formats. The collection will be shelved separately in proximity to the education sequence.

East Asian collection (Fisher Library only)
  • The collection will be reviewed using the criteria applicable to monographs, journals, audio-visual/multimedia formats. Rare and vulnerable volumes including string books will be located to Rare Books and Special Collections. The collection is shelved separately at the end of the general collection.

Microforms (Fisher Library only)
  • Microforms (microfilms, microfiche and microcards) were acquired by the Library primarily to provide access to copies of out-of-print publications and documents that could not be acquired in their original format. Many of these acquisitions supported the research interests of members of the academic staff at a particular time and are no longer in demand, but they are sometimes the only copies held in Australia.

    The Library also acquired microforms of newspapers and magazines to either replace the print versions or to provide access to the entire output of particular publications. This category of publication is now increasingly available in digital format and this is the preferred means of access due to improved indexing and searching capabilities.

    For more information on the microform review criteria, please refer to our Collection review guidelines.

Legal publications
  • All publications classified within the Dewey 340-349 range will be integrated into the Law Library collection.