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Weed Smart


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In this program we will discuss communication, transparency, and timing. Learn how to get staff and patrons on board, be clear with your weeding plan, and set a pace that allows for careful decision making. You’ll also learn how to dispose of weeded materials properly and respectfully.

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Weed Smart

  1. 1. Weed Smart Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly Twitter: @awfullibbooks
  2. 2. “There’s no such thing as bad publicity” – P.T. Barnum
  3. 3. Everything is Connected
  4. 4. Avoid the Weeding Frenzy
  5. 5. - Neglected to get staff on board - Inadequate planning of disposal - Careless weeding? Case #1: San Francisco 1996
  6. 6. What are people supposed to think?
  7. 7. Ongoing & continuous
  8. 8. How to weed continuously 1. Set up automated reports in your ILS 2. Use the help available to you 3. Give some items another chance 4. Walk the stacks
  9. 9. …But we’ve always done it that way
  10. 10. …But I don’t have time
  11. 11. - Improper disposal of items - Poor planning and execution - Lack of input on new plan by staff and patrons Case #2: Fairfax County 2013
  12. 12. …But the public doesn’t “get” it
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Getting Fired Tarrant 1974
  15. 15. Kiplinger’s Sure Ways to Cut Your Taxes McCormally 1991
  16. 16. Rites of Passage at $100,000+ Lucht 1995
  17. 17. Rites of Passage at $100,000+ Lucht 1995
  18. 18. Rites of Passage at $100,000+ Lucht 1995
  19. 19. - Mismanagement, policy not followed - Too much too fast - Inadequate preparation - No public explanation Case #3: Urbana Free Library 2013
  20. 20. …But there’s so much to weed!
  21. 21. - Too much too fast - Inadequate staff preparation and participation - Lack of documentation Case #4: Berkeley Public Library 2015
  22. 22. One size does not fit all
  23. 23. How to Live in Your Van and Love It Poteet 1976
  24. 24. Love in Suburbia Conway 1964
  25. 25. Serve it Cold! Crosby & Bateman 1969
  26. 26. What Makes a Telephone Work Darwin 1970
  27. 27. Be Bold with Bananas Banana Control Board 1970
  28. 28. Atomic Bombing Davis, Ed 1950
  29. 29. Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly Twitter: @awfullibbooks Contact Us!