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About the Project

Librarians are starting our first comprehensive evaluation of the entire print collection at Penfield Library.  This project will result in a significant reduction in the print collection which will make our collection more current, relevant, and inclusive; make our books more accessible by wheelchair, and in preparation for a future library renovations. 

If you have questions about the project, please contact Kathryn Johns-Masten, Collection Management Librarian or Sarah Weisman, Library Director.

Faculty and Staff Participation

  • We would like faculty and staff feedback in this review process.
  • Submit feedback about items you think we should retain on the Feedback form.
  • Are there other ways you would like to participate? Contact Kathryn Johns-Masten

Fall 2023 Reviews

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Fall 2023 Review

BF Psychology

BH Aethetics

BJ Ethics

BL-BX Religions. Mythology. Rationalism Judaism Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc. Buddhism Christianity. The Bible Doctrinal Theology Practical Theology Christian Denominations

GF-GT Human ecology. Anthropogeography Anthropology Folklore Manners and customs (General)

H-HA Social Sciences (General) and Statistics

HD Industries. Land Use. Labor

HE Transportation and communications

HF Commerce

HG Finance.

HJ Public Finance

HM Sociology (General)

HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform

HQ The family. Marriage. Women

HS Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.

HT Communities. Classes. Races

HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology

HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism


Previous Lists

Spring 2023 Reviews

HB - Economic theory. Demography
HC - Economic history & conditions

QL - Zoology
QM - Human Anatomy
QP - Physiology
QR - Microbiology

R - Medicine

S - Agriculture

T - Technology

U - Military Science

V - Naval Science

Z - Library Science

How it will Work

  • Librarians will systematically review portions of the collection, starting spring 2023 and continuing for the next 3-5 years.
  • The librarians will post a list of books that have been identified removal for the collection.
  • Interested faculty are invited to review each list.
  • Faculty and Staff feedback on the items on the list can be submitted via the Feedback form.
  • Each list will be available for review for two weeks, after which point the materials will be removed from the catalog, processed for discard, and recycled.


Candidates for removal from the collection will be evaluated using criteria including circulation statistics, condition of the item, and outdated content. We also consider curricular relevance and availability of online access as factors when we decide to withdraw these items.

Current review criteria: Titles with zero use and with publication dates prior to 2010-2013 (depending on subject area).
Note: Materials purchased during the past 10-13 years (depending on subject area) are excluded from this review.


Librarians use a variety of ways to talk about removing items from the colleciton.  The following terms all mean the same thing:

  • Deselection
  • Discarding
  • Removal
  • Weeding
  • Withdrawal


Deselection Lists

New lists will be added during Fall 2023 when available.

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