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Survey Results<br />117responses<br />18<br />47<br />50<br />2<br />Age<br />
Do you feel print books are sacred?<br />
How many times a year do you participate in deselection?<br />
Have you purchased or acquired library discards for your office or personal book collection?<br />56%<br />
Space: Print Collections<br />20-49%<br />50-79%<br />
<ul><li>Start a new deselection project
Remove items from library not-used
Urge to save
Discard donations & gifts
Urge to acquire free things
Avoid discarding – too overwhelming</li></ul>39%<br />18%<br />38%<br />
How stressful do you feel at the thought of your library budget shifting the majorities of money to eBooks as opposed to p...
How stressful would it be for you if 30%-40% of print books were to be deselected from your library’s collection?<br />13%...
Florida Community Colleges<br />“...monograph collections… were significantly out of date with the majority of library boo...
Florida Community Colleges<br />“..1990’s..the percentage age of older materials to newer materials had increased and that...
Non-Traditional   User<br />“With students strapped for time already; our resources must be especially efficient, convenie...
“Reading a book, however, requires concentration, endurance, the ability to disconnect from other connections.  You have t...
“….the focus is no longer in creating a comprehensive print collection but supplementing it with a vast and comprehensive ...
…[Steven J. Bell, Temple University]<br />   urged librarians to think past libraries traditional roles of gateway, archiv...
“Ranganathan deplored that many librarians seemed to be more concerned with preservation than with use, thus perpetuating ...
Meaning of Books<br />“The non-library world interprets weeding destroying of valuable materials, the treasured vessels an...
“Libraries were invented so that individuals wouldn’t have to own everything they might sometime want to read.  Our trust ...
Attachment<br />“Even though we can’t hold on to anything, clinging remains one of our strongest habits. Useless though it...
“Many librarians have an emotional attachment to their collections.  They think of books as a literal part of the library,...
Browsing<br />“When items on the first shelf or two they examine aren’t what they want and aren’t very attractive looking,...
Academic / Browsing<br />
Clutter Personality Types<br />Easily distracted<br />Procrastinator<br />Sentimental Clutterer<br />Bargain shoppers<br /...
Decision-making<br />“To weed is to make multiple decisions simultaneously, decisions based on both objective and subjecti...
“People with compulsive hoarding often feel afraid to throw things away, worry excessively, and repeatedly check to make s...
Cost Concerns<br />Will not throw out an item until we have spent the value<br />Shelving<br />Savings in <br />staff time...
Stakeholders<br />    “The benefit of involving the faculty seems to be more to prevent negative feelings rather than to i...
Case Study 2008-11<br />Tarpon Springs Campus<br />St. Petersburg College<br />2009-10<br />Lower Division: 5,070<br />not...
Library Staff<br />2 paraprofessionals<br />2 librarians (liaison areas)<br />3 student assistants<br />1 OPS –staff membe...
Mission /   Vision<br />Support Curriculum<br />Leisure Collection<br />Easy to Find<br />Space for study/ leisure/ techno...
Undecorating – Tracy Elliott<br />Remove faded posters, paintings, plants, etc.<br />Remove yellowed plastic covers from b...
Weeding Procedure<br />Librarians remove and discard items<br />Do not revisit cart – no reviewer<br />Cart given to parap...
Initial Deselection<br />Just Weed before involving faculty or other stakeholder<br />Repeat copies – if not used<br />Dam...
Multiple Rounds- Small Goals<br />Check areas multiple times throughout a period of time<br />First time: everything older...
Shelving<br />Redefine Shelving Meaning: Not only storage<br />Lay books to view item on shelf<br />Remove items from top ...
Reference Collection<br />“For most reference collections, more is not necessarily better”<br />(Matthews & Tychson, 1981)...
Reference Collection<br />Total 3,291<br />Total 1,466<br />No purchasing - replacing<br />
Reference Collection<br />Reference Collection<br />A-B<br />
Reference Collection<br />10 units<br />
General Collection<br />total 25,627<br />total 30,229<br />total 20,475<br />
Age of  Collection 2005<br />26%<br />25%<br />Total 25627<br />
Age of  Collection 2008<br />36%<br />23%<br />Total 30,229<br />
Age of  Collection 2011<br />61%<br />Total 20475<br />
Circulation 2008-11<br />
Positives<br /><ul><li>Easy to find for staff and students
Inventory – barcode in book (majority)
Give books to other campus libraries
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We are what we own: Deselection strategies for our profession's viability

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We are what we own: Deselection strategies for our profession's viability
Florida Library Association Conference 2011
Jorge Perez
St. Petersburg College

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We are what we own: Deselection strategies for our profession's viability

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  2. 2. Survey Results<br />117responses<br />18<br />47<br />50<br />2<br />Age<br />
  3. 3. Do you feel print books are sacred?<br />
  4. 4. How many times a year do you participate in deselection?<br />
  5. 5. Have you purchased or acquired library discards for your office or personal book collection?<br />56%<br />
  6. 6. Space: Print Collections<br />20-49%<br />50-79%<br />
  7. 7. <ul><li>Start a new deselection project
  8. 8. Remove items from library not-used
  9. 9. Urge to save
  10. 10. Discard donations & gifts
  11. 11. Urge to acquire free things
  12. 12. Avoid discarding – too overwhelming</li></ul>39%<br />18%<br />38%<br />
  13. 13. How stressful do you feel at the thought of your library budget shifting the majorities of money to eBooks as opposed to print books? <br />7%<br />25%<br />28%<br />
  14. 14. How stressful would it be for you if 30%-40% of print books were to be deselected from your library’s collection?<br />13%<br />33%<br />19%<br />
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  16. 16. Florida Community Colleges<br />“...monograph collections… were significantly out of date with the majority of library books having been published before the 1970’s”<br />(Perrault et al, 2002, p. 241)<br />
  17. 17. Florida Community Colleges<br />“..1990’s..the percentage age of older materials to newer materials had increased and that outdated materials were prevalent in all major subject divisions, including science and technology”<br />(Perrault et al, 2002, p. 241)<br />
  18. 18. Non-Traditional User<br />“With students strapped for time already; our resources must be especially efficient, convenient, available during a wide variety of times, and also available remotely”<br />(Poole, 2009, p. 194)<br />
  19. 19. “Reading a book, however, requires concentration, endurance, the ability to disconnect from other connections. You have to be there rather than not there. Hyperwired young people may be making it to age 17 without acquiring that ability, let alone losing it.”<br />(Romano, 2010, para. 19)<br />
  20. 20. “….the focus is no longer in creating a comprehensive print collection but supplementing it with a vast and comprehensive collection of electronic information sources, resources, and links”<br />(Fernandes, 2008, p. 206)<br />
  21. 21. …[Steven J. Bell, Temple University]<br /> urged librarians to think past libraries traditional roles of gateway, archive, and buyer of scholarly material.<br />…“We could really carve out a much more significant role as instructional partners”<br />(Howard, 2008, para. 10)<br />
  22. 22. “Ranganathan deplored that many librarians seemed to be more concerned with preservation than with use, thus perpetuating the image of the librarian as a custodian rather than as some skilled in the exploitation of bibliographic resources”<br />(Lancaster, 1988, para. 1)<br />
  23. 23. Meaning of Books<br />“The non-library world interprets weeding destroying of valuable materials, the treasured vessels and conveyers of our culture and society.”<br />(Intner, 2006)<br />
  24. 24. “Libraries were invented so that individuals wouldn’t have to own everything they might sometime want to read. Our trust in libraries makes it possible for us to throw things away.”<br />Nicholson BakerWriter / Advocate for library preservation<br />
  25. 25. Attachment<br />“Even though we can’t hold on to anything, clinging remains one of our strongest habits. Useless though it may be, we devote much of our energy to grasping at that which is elusive and impermanent.”<br />Pema Chodron<br />
  26. 26. “Many librarians have an emotional attachment to their collections. They think of books as a literal part of the library, as part of their family.”<br />Michael SawyerDirector of Calcasieu Parish Public LibraryLouisiana<br />
  27. 27. Browsing<br />“When items on the first shelf or two they examine aren’t what they want and aren’t very attractive looking, browsers get the vague feeling that the rest of the stock, which, on the surface, looks the same as what they’ve just seen, isn’t going to be any better.”<br />(Intner, 2006, p. 16)<br />
  28. 28. Academic / Browsing<br />
  29. 29. Clutter Personality Types<br />Easily distracted<br />Procrastinator<br />Sentimental Clutterer<br />Bargain shoppers<br />Perfectionists<br />Geralin ThomasProfessional OrganizerCary, North Carolina<br />
  30. 30. Decision-making<br />“To weed is to make multiple decisions simultaneously, decisions based on both objective and subjective criteria”<br />(Handy, 1994, para. 5)<br />
  31. 31. “People with compulsive hoarding often feel afraid to throw things away, worry excessively, and repeatedly check to make sure they’re not throwing away anything important.”<br />(Tolin, Frost & Steketee, 2007, p. 20)<br />
  32. 32. Cost Concerns<br />Will not throw out an item until we have spent the value<br />Shelving<br />Savings in <br />staff time<br />Material use<br />future acquisition decisions<br />
  33. 33. Stakeholders<br /> “The benefit of involving the faculty seems to be more to prevent negative feelings rather than to improve the weeding process.” x<br />(Slote, 1997, p. 10)<br />
  34. 34. Case Study 2008-11<br />Tarpon Springs Campus<br />St. Petersburg College<br />2009-10<br />Lower Division: 5,070<br />not including upper division<br />
  35. 35. Library Staff<br />2 paraprofessionals<br />2 librarians (liaison areas)<br />3 student assistants<br />1 OPS –staff member 20-32 hrs.<br />
  36. 36. Mission / Vision<br />Support Curriculum<br />Leisure Collection<br />Easy to Find<br />Space for study/ leisure/ technology<br />Prepare for inventory<br />
  37. 37. Undecorating – Tracy Elliott<br />Remove faded posters, paintings, plants, etc.<br />Remove yellowed plastic covers from books<br />Reduce trash can amount<br />Damaged, stained, faded furniture, study carrels<br />Old technology VCRs, computers, typewriter… <br />Paper/pathfinders<br />Signs<br />Supplies to other departments/campus libraries<br />
  38. 38. Weeding Procedure<br />Librarians remove and discard items<br />Do not revisit cart – no reviewer<br />Cart given to paraprofessional to remove from OPAC and OCLC holdings<br />OPS/student assistants mark through items - SURPLUS<br />Box for book sale or check better world books or free cart for students<br />
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  40. 40. Initial Deselection<br />Just Weed before involving faculty or other stakeholder<br />Repeat copies – if not used<br />Damaged material<br />Older reference copy in circ. Collection<br />Medical/Law/Technology 5 years<br />Duplication in electronic format- some removal<br />Too many in one subject – gift for other campus library<br />
  41. 41. Multiple Rounds- Small Goals<br />Check areas multiple times throughout a period of time<br />First time: everything older than 1990 and does not have historical value<br />Second: remove a section not being used<br />Etc.<br />
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  43. 43. Shelving<br />Redefine Shelving Meaning: Not only storage<br />Lay books to view item on shelf<br />Remove items from top and bottom shelf<br />Display books face out<br />Let there be light<br />Security<br />Be open to remove shelving<br />
  44. 44. Reference Collection<br />“For most reference collections, more is not necessarily better”<br />(Matthews & Tychson, 1981)<br />
  45. 45. Reference Collection<br />Total 3,291<br />Total 1,466<br />No purchasing - replacing<br />
  46. 46. Reference Collection<br />Reference Collection<br />A-B<br />
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  48. 48. Reference Collection<br />10 units<br />
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  50. 50. General Collection<br />total 25,627<br />total 30,229<br />total 20,475<br />
  51. 51. Age of Collection 2005<br />26%<br />25%<br />Total 25627<br />
  52. 52. Age of Collection 2008<br />36%<br />23%<br />Total 30,229<br />
  53. 53. Age of Collection 2011<br />61%<br />Total 20475<br />
  54. 54. Circulation 2008-11<br />
  55. 55. Positives<br /><ul><li>Easy to find for staff and students
  56. 56. Inventory – barcode in book (majority)
  57. 57. Give books to other campus libraries
  58. 58. Find books from other campus libraries or colleges misshelved
  59. 59. Moderate circulation rise
  60. 60. Acquisitions- future ordering projects
  61. 61. Study Space - transform layout</li></li></ul><li>Book Sale 2009<br />
  62. 62. Better World Books<br />“Do not make your weeded books a problem for someone else by just passing the buck.”<br />Free book cart<br />(Allen, 2010, p. 33)<br />
  63. 63. Policies and Procedures<br />More information- direction<br />Weeding procedures (guide for staff)<br />Donation/gift policy<br />acquisition<br />
  64. 64. Policies and Procedures<br />“A good collection development policy should be clear, concise, and easily followed since many staff members have collection development responsibilities and everyone should work toward mutual goals when making decisions”<br />(Poole, 2009, p. 199)<br />
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  66. 66. Library Entrance<br />
  67. 67. “(Deselection) is a process of catharsis that frees you to focus on the future”<br />(Handy, 1994, para. 25)<br />

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