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Stuck in the Weeds

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What to do with those out of date and out of touch books in your collection? Librarians share ideas for developing a successful weeding plan and hilarious stories from a variety of libraries.

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Stuck in the Weeds

  1. 1. Stuck in the Weeds Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly awfullibrarybooks.net
  2. 2. help meet your mission? Does your collection
  3. 3. Are you proud of your collection?
  4. 4. Selection Acquisitions Processing & Cataloging Shelving Checkout (Use) Re-Shelving Repair & Maintenance Weed or Replace Collection Life Cycle Image © Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly
  5. 5. Collection Management Policy • Include: • General selection criteria • Genres, formats, and collections • Cooperatives or resource sharing • Preservation, conservation, maintenance • Weeding efforts • Holds to copies ratio
  6. 6. Management = control and attention Development = growth
  7. 7. A good library is like a good haircut. It’s not what you cut – it’s what you leave. CREW, Anne Felix, Grand Prairie (TX) Public Library System
  8. 8. The How and Why Wonder Book of Beginning Science Notkin 1960
  9. 9. Retro STEM
  10. 10. Your Power as a Woman Archer 1957
  11. 11. Lose weight! Get a man! Be more popular! Be better after 40! Dress right!
  12. 12. Hotline: The Letters I Get…and Write! Reynolds 1972
  13. 13. NSFW!
  14. 14. The Computer from A to Z Kalman 1999
  15. 15. Don’t computers look fun?
  16. 16. Decorating to Please Him Bradford 1970
  17. 17. The New Hotdog Cookbook Roate 1968
  18. 18. Libraries are not in the business of collecting “things,” but providing content and access to content.
  19. 19. Weeding Made Easy Step 2: Condition
  20. 20. Weeding Made Easy Step 3: Stupid
  21. 21. What You’ll Discover  Inaccurate call numbers  Mislabeled items  Items marked missing  Items that are weird!
  22. 22. Just gonna leave this right here…
  23. 23. …But we won’t have anything left
  24. 24. …But the public doesn’t “get” it
  25. 25. Avoid the Weeding Frenzy
  26. 26. What are people supposed to think?
  27. 27. Reuse: Craft Programs
  28. 28. Reuse: Craft Programs
  29. 29. Reuse: Craft Programs
  30. 30. …But it’s historical
  31. 31. Comes with bonus vinyl record!
  32. 32. …But someone might need it
  33. 33. Fashion Cats Iwasa 2011
  34. 34. …But I don’t have time
  35. 35. …But it was an award winner!
  36. 36. …But it was a gift!
  37. 37. …But it’s in good shape
  38. 38. …But it’s part of a series
  39. 39. Weeding Personalities • The Hoarder • The Randomizer • The Professor • The Snob
  40. 40. Everything is Connected
  41. 41. Hand Feeding Baby Birds Cooper 1979
  42. 42. Tuna: As You Like It Tuna Research Foundation 1968 (?)
  43. 43. Prospecting for Atomic Minerals Knoerr and Lutjen 1955
  44. 44. Wonders of Dust McFall 1980
  45. 45. Work With Less Energy Grant ~1955
  46. 46. What Would Jesus Craft? MacDonald 2015
  47. 47. How to Make Applehead Dolls for Pleasure and Profit Dotson 1962
  48. 48. God Speaks to Modern Man Lickey 1963
  49. 49. Disco with Donny & Marie Heaton & Zimmerman 1979
  50. 50. Thank you! awfullibrarybooks.net

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