“Weeding the Library Collection” is a necessary activity and also, happily, a course you can take via WebJunction Illinois.
If you mention collection development a lot of library staff think of selecting new materials for the library. Weeding – removing library materials from your collection – is an integral part of collection development. In this course you will discover why that is true and then learn weeding techniques, developing weeding policies and avoiding common pitfalls. The information is relevant to all types of libraries and addresses the weeding of all types of library materials, including adult and children’s collections, as well as print and non-print materials.
This course includes reasons for weeding the library collection and how to identify print and online resources to aid in planning an effective weeding program. Using published weeding guidelines to develop criteria for weeding collections, the developing of a weeding plan for the library (which includes a schedule, criteria for specific subject areas and material types, and procedures) is also examined.
Additionally ways to avoid common pitfalls and problems with weeding such as “unweedable” gifts, “sacred” memorial donations, the “recommended collection size” trap, fear of admitting a selection error, and others are examined along with a discussion of how to incorporate weeding in the library’s collection management policy. Finally, the course helps students identify tools associated with automated library catalogs that can assist in weeding such as inventory reports, collection age reports, and others.
So if you feel the need to weed, this is a course for you. Details and registration can be found in the WJIL Course Catalog.