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WHEN WEEDINGBECOMES A NECESSITY               .......       Robert J. Bremer   Ellender Memorial Library   Nicholls State ...
Weeding/Deselection: Defined . . .▪ “The process of examining items in a library   collection title by title to identify f...
Why Weed? . . .“Public libraries usually weed routinelyon the basis of circulation.“In academic libraries, weeding is done...
How Weed? . . .Factors considered in deciding whether an itemshould be permanently removed from a librarycollection …▪ Con...
Why Not Weed?            It’s Politics . . .▪ Someone’s Going to Object!         ▪ Full Shelves Look Good!▪ We’ve Got Bett...
If You Must Weed: Such as, for . . .▪ A Reclassification Project –             ˃ ˃ ˃▪ Space for an Additional Collection –...
If You Must Weed: Have a Plan . . .▪ Have & follow a deselection plan, and  Let it evolve, if/as necessary;▪ Be bold in di...
As You Weed: Be Complaint Ready . . .▪ Anticipate a dumpster diver’s chatter or  a tipster and a zealot in need of a cause...
As You Weed: Be Complaint Ready [cont.]▪ Have a written response ready to read or  hand to “Boss” & interested politicians...
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When Weeding Is a Necessity

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How a deselection policy for monographs and journals evolved as a regional university down-sized its collection and found itself at the cutting edge of the Educational Advisory Board's recent report "Redefining the Academic Library." Presented at GaCOMO12 by Robert J. Bremer.

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When Weeding Is a Necessity

  1. 1. WHEN WEEDINGBECOMES A NECESSITY ....... Robert J. Bremer Ellender Memorial Library Nicholls State University robert.bremer@nicholls.edu Copyright Robert J. Bremer 2012
  2. 2. Weeding/Deselection: Defined . . .▪ “The process of examining items in a library collection title by title to identify for permanent withdrawal those that meet pre- established weeding criteria.”▪ “In book and nonprint collections, the process of identifying titles for weeding. In serials, the process of identifying subscriptions for cancellation.”Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science by Joan Reitzhttp://www.abc-clio.com/ODLIS/odlis_A.aspx (October 2012).
  3. 3. Why Weed? . . .“Public libraries usually weed routinelyon the basis of circulation.“In academic libraries, weeding is done lessfrequently, usually only when the shelvesbecome overcrowded, in anticipation of a moveor an accreditation review, or when a significantchange occurs in curriculum.”Serials are deselected “usually in response tosubscription price increases and budgetaryconstraints.”Online Dictionary for Library and Information Sciencehttp://www.abc-clio.com/ODLIS/odlis_A.aspx, “Weeding” & “Deselection” (October 2012).
  4. 4. How Weed? . . .Factors considered in deciding whether an itemshould be permanently removed from a librarycollection …▪ Condition, including physical appearance;▪ Currency, when date of publication important (e.g. textbooks, medical encyclopedias & travel guides);▪ Usage, including duplicate copies;▪ “Never” Content, with exceptions for “currency” & “usage” … in academia, including ‘eliminated from curriculum’ [& ‘no longer consistent with present knowledge/ understanding,’ if best examples of older thought retained]. Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science http://www.abc-clio.com/ODLIS/odlis_A.aspx, “Weeding” & “Deselection” (October 2012).
  5. 5. Why Not Weed? It’s Politics . . .▪ Someone’s Going to Object! ▪ Full Shelves Look Good!▪ We’ve Got Better Things to Do!
  6. 6. If You Must Weed: Such as, for . . .▪ A Reclassification Project – ˃ ˃ ˃▪ Space for an Additional Collection – +
  7. 7. If You Must Weed: Have a Plan . . .▪ Have & follow a deselection plan, and Let it evolve, if/as necessary;▪ Be bold in disposing weeded items, not surreptitious;▪ Give them away, if allowed;▪ Throw them away, if must … as swiftly as possible & in a covered dumpster;▪ In Advance, notify “the Boss” of the project (directly), and let the Community know (thru the media) … a short what & why.
  8. 8. As You Weed: Be Complaint Ready . . .▪ Anticipate a dumpster diver’s chatter or a tipster and a zealot in need of a cause – Stop The Throwing Away of Thousands of Perfectly Good Books! They are on all subjects, even Bibles. Some are old. Some new. Poor people can use them. Only a wasteland of empty shelves remains. Sign This Petition Demanding This Disgusting Practice End! Your Neighborhood Coalition
  9. 9. As You Weed: Be Complaint Ready [cont.]▪ Have a written response ready to read or hand to “Boss” & interested politicians.▪ Have draft press release ready to be completed to fit complaint(s).▪ Expect the unanticipated and be ready to respond to the misinformed & the guessers … e.g., Bibles & empty shelves.▪ Discourage with endless repetition . . . challenge to protect self (person & integrity) or property (& on checking with attorney) – “NO Bibles, Korans or other religious texts!”
  10. 10. When Weeding Is a Necessity by Robert J. Bremer, MLIS, JD Ellender Memorial Library Nicholls State University robert.bremer@nicholls.edu © 2012 Robert J. BremerWith Thanks to the Creators of Photos & Clip Art 10/5/12 obtained through Google Images.

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