The Libraries are exploring options to expand space for special collections on Olin Library Level B (where paper biology books and journals are kept). Planning is in the early stages. As a first step, oversized books and A and Z call numbers have been moved from Olin Level B to West Campus. You will be able to REQUEST those items through the catalog for delivery when you need them. (More info at Collection Projects.)
Call numbers (Q-QR, R, S, T, etc.) will be using fewer shelves on Level B in future; this is possible in part because of purchased online journal backfiles which will allow us to keep fewer paper volumes with minimal inconvenience. I expect to be reviewing lists of very-low-use, readily-available titles throughout the coming semester; for more about that work see Collection Management Guidelines and Procedures, December 2013. I'm told that lists of books being withdrawn will be posted on libguides.wustl.edu/collections for a short time in case any faculty want to claim them before they are sent to book vendors or to disposal. The first list will be posted Feb. 24 for 1 week. Please keep Ruth Lewis informed about any questions or concerns. Thank you.
We are negotiating a new contract with Elsevier later this year so will have a window of opportunity to cancel less-used/very expensive titles. Because our Elsevier contracts have not allowed us to cancel, we did not review them in previous years' reviews of subscriptions. Our current plan is to cancel these 4 titles at the end of 2014; we will still have any paid backfile and current access through 2014. In future, Interlibrary loan will be able to get any needed articles.
Biochemical Systematics and Ecology
Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology
Zoology - Analysis of Complex Systems
If you have questions or concerns about these decisions, please contact Ruth Lewis. Thank you.
Academic Search Complete has replaced Academic Search Premier. It indexes more sources and has more fulltext articles. [Academic Search Complete is NOT available from the WU School of Medicine campus currently; we are working on clarifying this situation. Updated March 2014] More info.