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Quick Reads for Busy Librarians – Weeding Manual

by on September 14, 2016

Weeding Manual CoverWeeding Manual
by Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly

71 pages

ISBN: 978-0-8389-8829-9

Weeding is an important step in collection management, and one that must be handled sensibly. Under-weeded collections can quickly look messy, old, and unappealing. Overweeded collections become irrelevant, lacking materials that patrons want and need. This manual will help library workers weed smartly. Readers can also use this manual to help define a library collection with policies and objectives. Collection development factors like depth, breadth, relevancy, and currency are discussed. Also includes methods for ongoing weeding, starting points for long-overdue weeding project, and tips for creating a weeding schedule that is both possible and practical. Further, the book covers each Dewey Decimal category with specific criteria to consider.

Chapters include:

  • Defining Your Collection
  • No Excuses
  • Types of Weeding
  • Potential Weeding Schedule
  • Developing a List of Weeding Candidates
  • Working with Weeding Staff
  • Weeding and Customer Service
  • Disposal of Weeded Material
  • Nonfiction Weeding Guidelines
  • Fiction Weeding Guidelines
  • Audiobooks
  • Weeding E-Formats
  • Movies, Music, Games
  • Periodicals

Weeding Manual contains practical advice for any public library to get started, or to continue, weeding with confidence.

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