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Government Documents Deselection Project

Learn more about the Government Documents Deselection Project including how decisions were made and where materials can know be found in Swem Library.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria were used to guide our decisions in determining which government documents would remaining in our physical collection.

Criteria for deselection: 

  1. Print materials currently available in a usable and findable format online 

  1. Print materials that provide outdated consumer information (ie grant application instructions or social security enrollment instructions) 

  1. Obsolete media formats (floppy disc, cassette) 


Criteria for retention:  

  1. Materials related to Williamsburg, Tidewater Virginia, and the Chesapeake Bay 

  1. Materials not available or difficult to use/read online 

  1. Materials for genealogical research, included microfilmed census records  

  1. Heavily illustrated materials, like exhibition catalogs 

  1. Most microforms 

  1. Materials published by the Congressional Budget Office, as part of the ASERL collaboration