Posted by: bluesyemre | April 26, 2015

Collections and Space: An Update on Syracuse University Libraries’ Journals Migration Project


In May 2014, Syracuse University Libraries began a multi-year project to transfer bound, print journals from Bird Library to the Syracuse University Libraries Facility (“The Facility”), the Libraries’ 20,000 square foot, high-density, climate-controlled scholarship storage vault and processing space located on South Campus.
The purposes of the journals migration project include:
• providing space for new books the Libraries have purchased to meet curricular and research needs;
• improving researchers’ ability to browse print collections;
• making available to students and faculty scholarly purchases worth hundreds of thousands of dollars that were warehoused within Bird Library due to lack of space;
• providing planning flexibility to develop new spaces that meet contemporary curricular demands; and
• reducing inventory capacity to a level below the professional maximum threshold.
To date, the Libraries have transferred to The Facility more than 100,000 volumes, including 7,000 journal titles, across all disciplines. By migrating these journals from Bird Library to The Facility, the Libraries will save the University more than $1.9 million within five years. Continued strategic use of The Facility helps the Libraries manage principal collections whose aggregate value exceeds $200 million. This paper reports on the progress of the Libraries’ journals migration project, provides additional context and data that led to the spring 2014 approval for the project from the provost.

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