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The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-by-Shelf Guide
by Rebecca Vnuk
American Library Association, 2022
Paper: 978-0-8389-3717-4 | eISBN: 978-0-8389-3738-9
Library of Congress Classification Z703.6.V68 2022
Dewey Decimal Classification 025.216

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Filled with field-tested strategies and adaptable collection development policies, this updated handbook will enable libraries to bloom by maintaining a collection that users actually use.

"Manages to be a thorough and informative source on weeding library collections and yet also an easy, engaging read ... Recommended." That rave review from Technicalities sums up the acclaim and appeal of this bestselling resource’s first edition. Now Vnuk has revised and updated her text to keep pace with libraries’ longer-term shifts in collection development and access, such as a growing emphasis on digital collections and managing duplicate physical materials. She demonstrates how weeding helps a library thrive by focusing its resources on those parts of the collection that are the most useful to its users. Walking collections staff through the proverbial stacks shelf by shelf, this book



  • includes a new “Tales from the Front” feature, providing real-life case studies of librarians working on weeding projects;

  • explains why weeding is important for a healthy library and how it can positively affect library budgets;

  • systematically walks readers through a library's shelves, with recommended weeding criteria and call-outs in each area for the different considerations of large collections and smaller collections;

  • offers easily adaptable, updated sample development plans which reflect the latest thinking in collection development;

  • advises readers on weeding problematic materials, such as those that include racist themes and depictions;

  • presents updated and expanded guidance on special considerations for youth collections;

  • addresses reference, media, magazines and newspapers, e-books, and other special materials;

  • shares guidance for determining how to delegate responsibility for weeding, plus pointers for getting other staff members on board; and

  • gives advice for educating the community about the process, how to head off PR disasters, and what to do with weeded materials.

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