All collections within Forsyth Library are under an ongoing review. Items being considered for withdrawal from our collections will be posted under the relevant collection tab (e.g. General; Government Documents; Print Periodicals). Staff and faculty will be given two weeks to review the lists and inform library staff of items they believe Forsyth Library should retain. Because different collections may employ different criteria for removing resources, please refer to each collection tab for specific information, reports and procedures.
Forsyth Library needs your help to identify materials that no longer fit within the current educational and research needs of FHSU Students & Faculty.
Read on to find out about the goals of collection management and how you can assist us in keeping the collections relevant to the needs of the FHSU community.
Why is collection analysis and deselection (a.k.a. weeding) important?
Forsyth Library's goal is to provide a balanced, relevant, and accessible collection of materials across multiple formats which support the educational and research needs of FHSU Students and Faculty. Outdated and physically-worn books can stand as physical and intellectual barriers to students trying to access information. Providing students with books that contain outdated and no longer relevant information may also become a detriment to their education.
How do we decide what to keep and what to "weed"?
Forsyth Library staff have identified materials to be removed from the collection using carefully selected criteria:
Please refer to each collection tab for the complete process being applied to collections within Forsyth Library, and for the lists of resources under review.
Collection Development/Management at Forsyth Library
Goals and Objectives
Selection Criteria - chief factors considered in selecting library materials: