Weed ‘em or Keep ‘em? Digging Deeper Into Weeding Projects

Date(s) - 09/11/2014
All Day

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In this 2 hour class, we dig deeper into the process of weeding. This session focuses on electronic resources, reference materials, and subject specific collections. Students will review how to use circulation stats, Collection Analysis tools and usage patterns to assist with weeding decisions. We’ll discuss how to review and evaluate complicated issues with digital copies, how to determine retention strategies for selecting the best available copy of a text for your library and to what degree libraries need to retain items even if they are getting little/no use.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss how libraries weed Reference, Special Collections and Electronic Resources
  • Make effective weeding decisions for print and electronic materials
  • Understand what categories of materials should be retained in special collections
  • Apply decision making criteria for many material types, including reference, special collections, and electronic materials
  • List tools to assist with weeding decisions
  • Take a look at tools to assist in the weeding decision

Originally broadcast April 24, 2013.

Biography ~ Russell Palmer
Russell Palmer is the Supervisor of Professional Development at LYRASIS. He writes, teaches, and speaks on a wide range of topics, including resource sharing, reference and information services, collection development and information literacy. Russell previously worked as Instruction and Outreach Coordinator at Mercer University. Russell has been invited to speak at state, regional, national, and international conferences, including LOEX, LOEX of the West, and the Reference Renaissance. He earned his MLIS at Florida State University, and his AB in English at the University of Georgia.