Weeding is often difficult—who can easily decide to discard books and other materials that someone may someday want to borrow? But weeding is essential to keeping your collection healthy and relevant. Perfect for all types of libraries and for both paraprofessionals and librarians unfamiliar with modern weeding methods, this practical guide offers clear guidance that can help you cope with the sometimes-paralytic fear and distaste that can accompany a must-do task.
Each of the book’s chapters treats a specific concern—for example, weeding electronic collections. Practical matters related to collection maintenance through material and online resource weeding are addressed, as are policy and procedure documentation and communication planning and best practices. You’ll read about weeding ethics, using vendor-provided weeding tools, and floating collections. The book also shares advice on training volunteers as weeding assistants and on communicating with library stakeholders about collection maintenance. By showing you how to make weeding a normal part of your library’s routine, this book will help you provide your community with a healthier, better circulating, and more valuable collection.
- Covers online collection maintenance needs on all material formats (books, serials, recordings, realia) that require ongoing weeding
- Points to free online resources and places them in context
- Addresses weeding and physical emergencies, such as fires, earthquakes, and plumbing failures
- Discusses weeding in support of building wayfinding and boosting circulation
- Includes worksheets that provide documentation to use as guides in policy, procedure, and communication planning