Downsizing of the Raynor library book collection – Marquette Wire


Reid Holben, a second year student at the College of Arts and Sciences, has consulted only one book since arriving in Marquette. However, he recently found himself on the shelves of the Raynor Memorial Library looking for a book on the Irish Revolution for a research project.

During the 2016-2017 school year, Marquette University consulted a total of 45,860 books. However, the Raynor Memorial Library has been downsizing over the past four years.

Holben does not consult books often because it is convenient to find the information online.

“The ease of searching on Google compared to trying to search for a book and physically get it on your own, I think it’s just easier to search online,” Holben said.

Distribution assistant Jenna Grieshop, a sophomore at the College of Engineering, said books are viewed more by graduate students and faculty.

“When the graduate students come in, they’re about five to ten pounds. “

Grieshop said it will be removing books that have not been checked in the past 10 years as part of its day-to-day duties.

“We are weeding our collection. The decision on which books to remove is made by the specialist librarian for each discipline and is based on the individual subject and use of the material, ”said Elisa Coghlan, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator at the Raynor Memorial Library, in an email.

Whether or not a student consults a book depends on the type of research resources they need, said Coghlan.

Nonetheless, Grieshop said she talks to at least 20 people a day at the loan desk, giving them advice on where to find books.

“We show them how to use the website, how you can search it, and then we have guides to tell them where the books are. If they really can’t find it, then we’ll go help them and walk with them until they find it, ”said Grieshop.

According to a report by the American Library Association, 28% of Americans nationwide ranked academic research through borrowed material as one of their top reasons for visiting a library, validating that libraries are important for free access to resources. This represents more than 145.8 million Americans.

“We send (obsolete books) to storage, so they’re not in the library but we still have them,” Grieshop said. She said there was at least one cart full of books to hand out each day.

“These are very well documented, especially in history, and you can find very specific things for whatever you’re looking for. “

Grieshop said that students, faculty and visitors should know that the loan office is ready to help with anything related to books. “The question you’re going to ask is more common than you might think,” Grieshop said. “We want you to ask. We are happy to help you.


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