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Weed ‘Em and Weep!
Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly
awfullibrarybooks.net
Does your collection
help meet your mission?
Are you
proud
of your
collection?
Management = control and attention
Development = growth
A good library is like a good haircut.
It’s not what you cut – it’s what you leave.
Anne Felix, Grand Prairie (TX) Public ...
Libraries are not in the business of collecting
“things,” but providing content and access to
content.
…But the public doesn’t “get” it
Reuse: Craft Programs
Reuse: Craft Programs
Reuse: Craft Programs
Reuse: Craft Programs
…But it’s
historical
…But
someone
might
need it
…But it’s in
good
shape
…But we won’t have
anything left
…But I don’t have time
Weeding Personalities
• The Hoarder
• The Randomizer
• The Professor
• The Snob
Weeding Made Easy
Step 2: Condition
Weeding Made Easy
Step 3: Stupid
Don’t be sentimental
Everything is Connected
500 Tasty Sandwich Recipes
Berolzheimer, ed.
1951
How to Live in Your Van and Love It
Poteet
1976
Your Power as a Woman
Archer
1957
Hotline: The Letters I Get…and Write!
Reynolds
1972
The Computer from A to Z
Kalman
1999
The Complete Hair Book
Kingsley
1979
Love in Suburbia
Conway
1964
Serve it Cold!
Crosby & Bateman
1969
Fashion Cats
Iwasa
2011
Robots
Greene
1983
Don’t Throw It Away!
Abell
1973
Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly
submit@awfullibrarybooks.net
Twitter: @awfullibbooks
www.slideshare.net/awfullibrarybooks
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Weed 'Em and Weep: Hoarding is Not Collection Development
Weed 'Em and Weep: Hoarding is Not Collection Development
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Weed 'Em and Weep: Hoarding is Not Collection Development

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Reap the benefits of a well-weeded collection! This session will discuss weeding techniques, collection management policies, and how to motivate reluctant weeders—all with sense of humor and encouragement from the pair behind the blog “Awful Library Books.” Participants will find joy in a shelf list that reflects a clean, relevant, and current collection!

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Weed 'Em and Weep: Hoarding is Not Collection Development

  1. 1. Weed ‘Em and Weep! Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly awfullibrarybooks.net
  2. 2. Does your collection help meet your mission?
  3. 3. Are you proud of your collection?
  4. 4. Management = control and attention Development = growth
  5. 5. A good library is like a good haircut. It’s not what you cut – it’s what you leave. Anne Felix, Grand Prairie (TX) Public Library System http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/pubs/crew/crewmethod08.pdf
  6. 6. Libraries are not in the business of collecting “things,” but providing content and access to content.
  7. 7. …But the public doesn’t “get” it
  8. 8. Reuse: Craft Programs
  9. 9. Reuse: Craft Programs
  10. 10. Reuse: Craft Programs
  11. 11. Reuse: Craft Programs
  12. 12. …But it’s historical
  13. 13. …But someone might need it
  14. 14. …But it’s in good shape
  15. 15. …But we won’t have anything left
  16. 16. …But I don’t have time
  17. 17. Weeding Personalities • The Hoarder • The Randomizer • The Professor • The Snob
  18. 18. Weeding Made Easy Step 2: Condition
  19. 19. Weeding Made Easy Step 3: Stupid
  20. 20. Don’t be sentimental
  21. 21. Everything is Connected
  22. 22. 500 Tasty Sandwich Recipes Berolzheimer, ed. 1951
  23. 23. How to Live in Your Van and Love It Poteet 1976
  24. 24. Your Power as a Woman Archer 1957
  25. 25. Hotline: The Letters I Get…and Write! Reynolds 1972
  26. 26. The Computer from A to Z Kalman 1999
  27. 27. The Complete Hair Book Kingsley 1979
  28. 28. Love in Suburbia Conway 1964
  29. 29. Serve it Cold! Crosby & Bateman 1969
  30. 30. Fashion Cats Iwasa 2011
  31. 31. Robots Greene 1983
  32. 32. Don’t Throw It Away! Abell 1973
  33. 33. Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly submit@awfullibrarybooks.net Twitter: @awfullibbooks www.slideshare.net/awfullibrarybooks awfullibrarybooks.net Contact Us!

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