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Letter to Faculty

Dear colleagues,

As you may be aware, the stacks in Green Library and in the branches are almost at capacity and a new facility is being built to accommodate several years of collection growth. The new building will be a state-of-the-art high-density storage facility located at Livermore and is expected to be completed in November 2003. Once it opens, we will begin moving there some materials from campus locations in order to create space on campus for our growing collections.

Selecting books and periodicals to relocate to Livermore is a critical task. In preparation, the Libraries have articulated the principles that will guide the review process in a document discussed and approved by the Faculty Senate’s Committee on the Libraries last December. For a copy of this document click here.

Consultation with faculty is a key element in the process, and we have asked the librarians who serve each of your departments to be in touch with you about the most effective means for your participation. The first phase of this operation focuses on the books and periodicals in SAL 1&2 that remain cataloged under the old Dewey Decimal system. The review of Dewey materials is now underway, and you will soon be hearing about it from your subject specialist who will invite your comments and input.

A Collection Relocation website (http://www-sul.stanford.edu/collect/relocate) that provides information about the project, including a list of subject specialists and their specific responsibilities for different parts of the collections, has been mounted to aid the process of communication and consultation with faculty.

Faculty input has been the key to our success in the past decade as we determined which materials were to be relocated to SAL 1 & SAL 2. It remains indispensable as we move towards a new method of storing and retrieving parts of our collections and we invite your participation in this new phase.

Michael Keller
University Librarian and Director of Academic Information Resources

Assunta Pisani
Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services

Last Modified: December 19, 2002
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