Weeding: The Plan

Date(s) - 09/11/2014
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Weeding Library Collections

“Weeding” in library circles is often a dirty word.  Why would we want to get rid of anything?  Or maybe you have experienced a backlash or resistance from the community, persistent patrons, your board, your staff, or even yourself.  How we approach the task is as important as how we carry it out. Preparation, publicity, timing, mindset, and creating your strategy all figure in the first steps of de-selection.

After this webinar participants will:

  • Understand how weeding fits into the larger scheme of collection management
  • Understand more fully the need for de-selection of materials and the reasons for resistance to weeding
  • Understand the need for transparency and working with public relations in relation to weeding
  • Be able to get started on a strategic plan for weeding in their library

Melissa Powell ~ Biography

Melissa Powell has worked for 35 years in libraries as a paraprofessional and degreed professional, in addition to a 4-year “retirement” to learn about the book & publishing industry.

She is an Independent Librarian currently teaching Cataloging Fundamentals and Collection Management both online and through state libraries, library consortia, and other education agencies.  She spent 2009 organizing a local history collection at a public library in the mountains of Colorado (“from boxes to shelves”), 2012-13 assisting with the setup and cataloging of a dual language university catalog, and regularly consults with school and public libraries on technical and public services.

Original broadcast date April 22, 2014