Weeding to Achieve a Healthier Collection

Weeding is a necessary—and, for some, a worrisome collection maintenance task. What to keep? What to weed? Where to start? And how can weeding happen in a library without its users wondering why materials are being withdrawn? In fact, weeding can be the answer to stimulating circulation, and weeding is a requirement for keeping your collection vigorous and useful. Weeding eliminates the outdated, the superceded, the irreparably damaged, and the material that simply doesn’t fit the scope of your collection. In return your library’s collection can look better, be easier for users to navigate, and come through on its promise to provide real value to the library’s community. In this podcast version of her July 9 webcast, Francisca addresses all of these issues.