Deselecting the Monographs Collection: One Library’s Adventure in Weeding
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Thursday, November 4, 2010 ...
Thursday, November 4, 2010
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Speakers: Margaret Foote - Eastern Kentucky University; Betina Gardner - Eastern Kentucky University
During the past several years librarians at Eastern Kentucky University came to realize that the monographs collection – the core, with print journals, of the library’s research services for decades – needed attention. Problems with mold, issues with lack of space, and a growing awareness that the collection was becoming outdated and little-used in a number of academic disciplines led librarians to conclude that the time had come to deselect titles from the monographs collection.
In this session we would like to share with attendees how we proceeded with our weed and what we have learned from our ongoing deselection process in the hopes that our experience will be of value to others. We began our weed in May 2010 by setting two goals. First, we would deselect titles that no longer serve the twenty-first century curriculum of Eastern Kentucky University. Second, we would preserve those titles that do support the curriculum as well as those titles unique to our collection. To achieve these goals we decided to create cohorts of librarians in the areas of humanities, sciences, and social sciences; members could use each other as sounding boards for weeding techniques. We agreed that librarians should incorporate weeding into their regular work flow. We have examined data about the various disciplines on campus so we would have a clear idea of what to weed. Disposal of titles have included a number of solutions, from the recycle bin for books in ragged condition to sending volumes to various organizations including state prisons. Our project is ongoing; we hope to complete the weed by August 2011. Attendees to this session are invited to share their deselection problems and solutions as a part of this presentation.
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