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Collection Development and Management

A healthy collection for UT Libraries is one in which we house titles that: 

  • are of use to UTK research, teaching, or learning;  
  • are scarce across our wider system of resource sharing partners; 
  • or support the needs and interests of TN residents. 

The Libraries develops and maintains a healthy collection by working with a committee to review new resource requests, evaluating subscription resources to determine ongoing use, regularly updating automated purchasing methods to stay current with needs, and  periodically removing items or discontinuing subscriptions. We employ various metrics to holistically assess resources. A few examples are circulation and electronic use; other holdings in the region and among peer libraries; online availability and accessibility for all users; and relevance to current courses, programs, and research. 

The majority of the Libraries collection budget is spent on resources that are licensed with agreements that dictate and control who can use resources and for what purposes. UT Libraries Philosophy of Access to Research, Scholarship, and Cultural Heritage guides our licensing activities with a framework that  seeks transparent agreements, protects the rights of faculty authors, and gives the general public the greatest possible access to electronic resources.

De-selection Candidate Lists

Book titles being considered for de-selection are linked to below. Access the candidate lists using your NetID and password.

Contact Libraries Senior Associate Dean Holly Mercer ( with feedback.