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Using weeding as a tool to create a collection that signals relevance to users. In 2010, when this research was done, there was no other user-centered research on how weeding impacted users …

Using weeding as a tool to create a collection that signals relevance to users. In 2010, when this research was done, there was no other user-centered research on how weeding impacted users perceptions of libraries, only assumptions that users preferred weeded collections.

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  • WhoWhatwhy
  • Charles Francis Adams Jr 1898 Quincy PlanBig 542% save space30% relevant/avoid obsolescence14% user perception (attractiveness)9% increase circ5% avoid misinformationMoving to outcomeOutput/outcome
  • Whose perceptions matter?Dilevko and Gottlieb (2003)91.8% of surveyed librarians believed weeding increases book usage86.1% thought it increases patron satisfaction quote from pg. 90.74% of survey respondents mentioned their “desire to present the library as a vital, vibrant, and up-to-date community resource” (Dilveko & Gottlieb, 2003, 80 ) and weeding could be one method of increasing the “prestige of the public library”(91).
  • Pre-weed/Post WeedAge of collections
  • Research partners
  • INTERMISSION:What we did“what would Nancy do?”
  • Westerns (floor plan graphic) 45% circ increase, didn’t weed except for condition (less than a dozen books) – slat wall expenditureGraphic Novels – zero dollar(confirm) 34% increaseEasy Readers – approx. $70Juvenile Series-Paperbacks – zero dollarJuvenile CDs – zero dollar
  • Easy Readers: no weeding done; increased face out display and space for housing the collection with the addition of inexpensive blue display units; this collection traditionally circulates well; experienced a 19% increase in circulation after the addition of the new display units
  • Graphic Novels: consolidated YA and general graphic novel collections; moved to a prominent high-traffic location; weeded only for condition; 34% increase in circ
  • Juvenile Paperbacks: weeded approximately 1000 titles which were mainly pb/hard duplicates; divided collection into series and standalone pbs; repurposed shelving to house the Juvenile Series paperback collection; interfiled juvenile standalone paperbacks with juvenile hardcover fiction; no circ stats available yet post-change
  • Juvenile CDs: repurposed juvenile pb spinners increasing cover display and accessibility; no weeding done; no circ stats available yet post-change
  • Adult Paperbacks, general and genre: weeded for condition; changed floor layout of spinners; added signage  
  • Westerns: moved to a new, more visible area; weeded for condition only approx. a dozen deselected; was a dead collection being recommended for storage; resistance to this as a storage collection presumably wouldn’t circulate at all; 71% increase in circulation April 2011 from April 2010
  • Expenditures estimated at a couple of hundred dollars:·         Adult paperback signs from Demco·         Foamboard to reinforce Demco signs·         Some slatwall units for the Western paperbacks·         Blue easy reader display unitsBlue display units are available from High Smith for $11 for large size, $6 for small size 
  • Ebooks: “Libraries are screwed?”Slote method95% in fiction99% in nf
  • Modified Slote 95-99% of what is actually used (96% is Slote’s magic number)Constant weed--crew5 hours/year?Problems of going just by circ
  • Weed constantly
  • Talk about top of shelf display in teensEWorks best at point-of-need
  • Weeding is easy, cheap and affects users perceptions of how happening your library is.When you add display & creative reinvention of your available space you have Hjørring Library, Denmark
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    • 1. ENLIVEN YOURCOLLECTIONHow to use weeding & display to wow users
    • 2. Canweedingbe a free &easy way toencouragepatrons tosee thelibrary innew ways?
    • 3. 100 years of weeding
    • 4. Collections Compared • The oldest item in the BD collection is from 1943. •The oldest item in Horicon collection is from 1985.
    • 5. Weeding affects circulation?
    • 6. Weeding affects perception!
    • 7. “fresh-looking,healthy,andvital”Poller
    • 8. WWND?
    • 9. Weeding? Or Pruning?
    • 10. Easy to useAttractiveSpace-savingInexpensive
    • 11. Displays get stuff out the door.
    • 12. Just move it
    • 13. Useexistingresources
    • 14. Makeiteasy
    • 15. Horicon WHY
    • 16. techniquesKeep your corecollection
    • 17. “when a bookonce gets onthe shelves, itseems toacquire in theeyes of mostlibrarians apeculiar virtueand reverence,irrespective ofany service itmay render”Wynkoop, 1911
    • 18. Point-of-need display works best
    • 19. Weed. Display. Use space creatively.Ask your users what they think.

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