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In 2009, the University of Rhode Island’s main library, the Robert L. Carothers Library and Learning Commons in Kingston, initiated a pilot serials withdrawal project when the need for space for new services exceeded the space available in the library. A joint venture between Acquisitions and Access Services, the successful pilot led to a subsequent withdrawal project in summer 2010 to free additional space in the library. The print journals targeted for withdrawal were ones to which the library had online access through licensed journal archives. Considerations on what to withdraw, the process of identifying titles for withdrawal, and the logistics of managing the withdrawal of more than 35,000 volumes are described.

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Table 1. Setup of Initial Spreadsheet for Serials Withdrawal Project

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Figure 1. Spreadsheet Extract Listing URI Backfiles to Be Withdrawn

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This is the accepted manuscript of an article submitted for publication in Library Resources & Technical Services, published by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. The citation to the published version is as follows:

Gallagher, Brian T. and Andrée J. Rathemacher. "Need Exceeds Space: A Serials Withdrawal Project at the University of Rhode Island University Libraries." Library Resources & Technical Services 56, no. 2 (April 2012): 94-103.