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Rachelle McLain

Rachelle McLain

Collection Development Librarian, Montana State University
Rachelle McLain is an Assistant Professor & Collection Development Librarian at the Montana State University Library in Bozeman. Rachelle previously worked as a research librarian for 10 years in the law library at Preston, Gates, & Ellis LLP in Seattle. After relocating to Bozeman in 2016, she began working at the MSU Library as a Research & Instruction Librarian before moving into the role of the Collection Development Librarian. In this role, Rachelle has been deeply involved in inventorying, weeding, and moving a large portion of MSU Library’s print collection to an offsite storage facility including contracting with an outside company and a project manager.

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Particularly in the humanities where the scholarly monograph is of critical importance, where and how books may be accessed by scholars is a sensitive issue. How should libraries be communicating with their communities about issues of access, convenience and responsiveness when it comes to the printed volumes that may take up so many valuable square feet of the library’s physical plant? Automation and offsite storage represent a wonderful benefit to institutions, but do researchers feel their needs have been slighted? How best to engage with the community on sensitive issues of preservation and best practice?

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