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The 'W' Word: Weeding!

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The “W” Word

“Weeding” in library circles is often a dirty word. Why would we want to get rid of anything? 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 deselection.

After this webinar participants will
• understand how weeding fits into the larger scheme of collection management
• understand more fully the need for deselection 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.

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The 'W' Word: Weeding!

  1. 1. The ‘W’ Word: Weeding! “But someone might want that book!!”
  2. 2. The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com
  3. 3. The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com After this webinar participants will • understand how weeding fits into the larger scheme of collection management • understand more fully the need for deselection 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. Objectives
  4. 4. Collection Management Budgeting, Evaluating, Selecting, Assessing, and Maintaining the collection of information provided by your institution. The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com
  5. 5. Collection Management Policy Says HOW you are: Budgeting, Evaluating, Selecting, Assessing, and Maintaining the collection of information provided by your institution. It saves you loads of time and trouble. The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com
  6. 6. Assessing, and Maintaining the collection of information provided by your institution. The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com Weeding
  7. 7. Weeding De-selection De-accession Culling Otherwise known as ‚Intelligent discarding of library materials” The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com Re-Fining Shaping Withdrawing Purging
  8. 8. The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com
  9. 9. Improve Heighten Strengthen Enrich Cultivate Refine Collection Development The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com ‚To Develop‛
  10. 10. Antonyms for ‘refine’ include: dirty, damage, pollute, corrupt Change the Focus The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com If we are ‘refining’ the collection we are Improving it!
  11. 11. Why weed? Overcrowding Outdated information/technology Poor shape Shift in Community Needs Poor quality of material The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com
  12. 12. Why we don’t weed Emotional attachment Reluctance to judge Difficult decisions Fear of public reprisal Fear of ‚empty shelves‛ The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com
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  14. 14. Why we don’t weed ‚It’s better to have older items than nothing at all.‛ The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com Libraries with fresher collections had higher circulation than larger collections with older materials. “Maintaining a Healthy Library Collection: the Need to Weed” Chris Jones, Aplis, 20 (4). ‚I/We just don’t have the time or staff.‛ You find the time to purchase the items. Some are easy choices, others take some review. Weeding is the same thing. Why is one more important that the other?
  15. 15. Why we don’t weed The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com ‚A book that is outdated, damaged, poorly written or even dangerous still has value and still holds information that should never be lost – even if only to warn us not to travel certain roads again.‛ “Is it the purpose of EVERY library to preserve the entirety of the human published record? Is that proper stewardship at your library?”
  16. 16. How to fight the Hoarding Instinct  You can always find it elsewhere  There may be a better place for it  It’s okay for something to not be right at your fingertips  Weigh it against what you cannot have because you kept it. The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com
  17. 17. Collection Management Policy Treat ‘unacquiring’ with the same due process as acquiring! The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com May 6th: Collection Management Policies
  18. 18. Weeding & Public Relations Collection Management Policies Weeding on a regular basis (under the radar) Educated staff Transparency Educated public The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com
  19. 19. Why we don’t weed: Customer Edition The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com “It would be wonderful to keep more books, but libraries are not black holes. The shelves are only so big and expansions are expensive and rare. We, as librarians, can cater to the majority or to a few patrons, who may or may not exist, who are researching the history of a topic. We buy books on the history of all topics. I would rather have a new book on cancer treatments and a book on the history of cancer than keep all the old books on cancer treatment and give sick patrons and their families inaccurate information.” “It pains me greatly that our public library has discarded so many wonderful books now out of print – especially children’s books. And when I looked online to buy some of them the prices were stunning – many in the triple digits! Funny how those used, out of print treasures were almost all library discards.” “I’d rather see the books on the shelves with stickers or labels informing the public that this book is outdated and may not contain the most recent information and/or incorrect information. Something like that rather than taking away from the pubic. Additional information is positive, limiting access to information is a negative.” Excerpts from Awful Library Books http://awfullibrarybooks.net/why-weed/
  20. 20. Weeding & Public Relations It’s not always because of technology. Community Needs Change! The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com
  21. 21. The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com Austin Public Library Annual Weeding Contest Public Relations
  22. 22. The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com Tell ‘em about it! Public Relations
  23. 23. The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com Avoiding That BIG PROJECT Just like anything in life, the more you do it the easier it is. Make it part of regular duties.
  24. 24. Collection Management is Like Gardening Neglected Insert regular maintenance Voila! The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com
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  26. 26. Benefits of Weeding on a regular basis Assess patterns of usage Find hidden gems Keep up with missing titles (series/current topics) Assist with selection process Cataloging improvements Easier and not as noticeable as a BIG weed! The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com
  27. 27. The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com Tackling That BIG PROJECT Treat it like a remodel. Look at the positive rather than the negative. Focus on the results. Let people know what you are doing!
  28. 28. Getting Started The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com  MAKE A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN  Check your policies  Involve everyone  Determine the Public Relations approach  Determine the workflow  Select where discards go  Don’t look for trouble if it isn’t there
  29. 29. Project Planning and Management The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com MAKE A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN Stakeholders: staff, management, board, governing bodies (if applicable), customers, and community.  Do you have a Project Definition & Scope? (what are you doing and how much does it affect)  Project Objectives? (what are the goals and expected results)  Cost / Benefit Analysis? (why should we do this)  Staffing Requirements? (how many people/hours do we need)  Time Line? (when are you starting, ending, and what are the milestones in between)  Risk Analysis? (What could happen and how would we deal with it)  Critical Success Criteria (if we meet these, we've met our goals)
  30. 30. The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com How-To May 27th: Weeding: The Action
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  32. 32. Is there an agency better suited to house that material? The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com
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  35. 35. What to do with books that are out of date, inaccurate, or dangerous? The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com
  36. 36. The 'W' Word: Weeding ©2014 Melissa M. Powell/Bibioease.com Because if we don’t laugh we cry . . .
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