How to get yourWeedingoff the Ground       Ann Lininger, Racine Public LibraryAngela Milock, Wisconsin Library Services Ja...
You have permission! Don’t let an emotional connection to materials get in your way Examine the lifetime cost/benefit of...
Why weed? Increased circ = increased funding Better representation of items patrons want and need Ensure the accuracy a...
Pre-planningDecide weeding criteria              Exceptions not covered here M.U.S.T.Y.                          Special...
Pre-planning Who and what else is affected?   System and other libraries     o Number of copies in your system     o Sys...
Pre-planning Pull reports from ILS   Circ reports over time to compare post-weeding   Shelf list of what to pull takes ...
Pre-planning Scheduling     Continual weeding=The CREW way     One time event     Worker availability     Calendar of...
Pre-planning How to process   Items     o Discard stamp     o Storage   Catalog record     o Adhere to system standards...
Jump right in! Start with one manageable section, one classification number or even just one shelf Enlist the help of st...
Process itemsA flowchart might help visualize the steps
In the stacks Clipboards                Discard stamp Markers                   Gloves Sticky notes              All...
Post-weeding   Friends group for book sale   Crafternoons!   Storage   (Shhhh…dumpster)   Donate      Jail library g...
Before….           After weeding
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How to get your weeding off the ground 1-1

  1. 1. How to get yourWeedingoff the Ground Ann Lininger, Racine Public LibraryAngela Milock, Wisconsin Library Services Jane Richard, Wisconsin Library Services
  2. 2. You have permission! Don’t let an emotional connection to materials get in your way Examine the lifetime cost/benefit of items Get buy-in from staff, board and other interested parties Get inspired – check out resources like awful library books (awfullibrarybooks.com)
  3. 3. Why weed? Increased circ = increased funding Better representation of items patrons want and need Ensure the accuracy and currency of collection Easier for patrons to find what they are looking for
  4. 4. Pre-planningDecide weeding criteria Exceptions not covered here M.U.S.T.Y.  Special collections  Misleading Examples:  Ugly  Local history  Superseded  Genealogy  Trivial  Award winners  Your library does not need it  Academic collections Circulation stats  Different criteria: curriculum, faculty favorites, etc.  Lifetime circs  Recent circs Age of material
  5. 5. Pre-planning Who and what else is affected?  System and other libraries o Number of copies in your system o System collection policies  Central versus local processing o Updating the catalog holdings  Friends’ book sale: warn them that there will be a big shipment coming
  6. 6. Pre-planning Pull reports from ILS  Circ reports over time to compare post-weeding  Shelf list of what to pull takes the guesswork out o Your criteria would determine this Example: 1. Books published on or before 1994 2. 0, 1, or 2 total checkouts 3. Last checkout before 1/1/08
  7. 7. Pre-planning Scheduling  Continual weeding=The CREW way  One time event  Worker availability  Calendar of events o Re-model or other change to the building
  8. 8. Pre-planning How to process  Items o Discard stamp o Storage  Catalog record o Adhere to system standards – Depending on your system, records would be either deleted or suppressed o Keep up with holdings work
  9. 9. Jump right in! Start with one manageable section, one classification number or even just one shelf Enlist the help of staff at every level  Example: Circ staff empowered to divert books in bad condition, instead of re-shelving Get into the Zen of de-selection
  10. 10. Process itemsA flowchart might help visualize the steps
  11. 11. In the stacks Clipboards  Discard stamp Markers  Gloves Sticky notes  Allergy medicine Flags  Warm bodies Small book truck(s)  Weeding criteria Boxes  Procedures manual Computer work stations  Highlighters Pencils  Phone
  12. 12. Post-weeding Friends group for book sale Crafternoons! Storage (Shhhh…dumpster) Donate  Jail library groups  Goodwill Isaac Salazar creation Better World Books:
  13. 13. Before…. After weeding

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