In addition to the local preservation and retention efforts described below, we are a member of EAST, the Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust. EAST is a partnership of over 70 libraries acting collaboratively to preserve print monographs, serials and journals into the future. Already over 9 million monographs and some 19,000 serial and journal titles have been committed for retention.
Collection development includes maintenance of the collection. Sound maintenance is a mix of all of the following efforts:
Replacement or repair of damaged materials.
Updating of older editions. In some situations both the older and newer editions will be kept in the collection due to their historical value.
Replacement of print with an electronic version in favor of the wider accessibility of the electronic.
Transfer to off-site storage locations for materials that have not been used recently. Factors considered here include:
History of usage
Disciplinary need for continued access to historical materials
Availability in other formats
Deselection of materials is undertaken only with great care, and depends upon the same factors as transfer decisions, plus:
Print retention agreements, including:
Last or one of the last copies in the area.
Whenever a print book or journal volume needs repair or has become too brittle for normal use, the library's Preservation Lab provides the appropriate treatment to enable continued use. Such items may be withdrawn from circulation but would still remain on the shelf in special boxes for use in the library. Another option would be to rely on digitized copies, especially if the item is beyond preservation treatment or repair.
In order to ensure continuing access to online resources which are acquired through subscriptions, we participate in these major preservation services: