Document Type


Conference or Venue

CULS Conference 2017

Publication Date

Spring 2017


Print journal collection development has long been one of the traditional roles of academic librarians. However, in the last 20 years or so, print journal ownership has declined and online journal access has taken its place; both due to growing concerns with flat or declining budgets as well as a lack of space and the need to repurpose this limited space. Pittsburg State University’s (PSU) Axe Library faced the challenge of balancing our print and electronic serials collections at a university whose programs sometimes do not draw enough on library resources. In an effort to create a meaningful discovery experience for the university community and better align PSU Library Services with the university’s strategic plan, we have been rightsizing the serials collection, taking a more thoughtful approach to collection development and weeding, reaching out to faculty for input, and freeing up space for other purposes. The future goal is a PSU curriculum and research focused journal collection coupled with relevant services and resources to serve users’ needs. Come hear about our library’s new approach to serials collection development and weeding through rightsizing the library’s serials collection.