Faculty Publications

Title

Systematic reference weeding: A workable model

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Collection Management

Volume

18

Issue

1-2

First Page

103

Last Page

115

Abstract

Although systematic weeding of library reference collections has repeatedly been recommended as an essential method for keeping collections accurate, current, and accessible, few practical guides have been put forth to assist librarians in this task. The present article reports on one library’s successful weeding-by-committee program. Through a process involving individual recommendation followed by group approval/disapproval, small segments of the reference collection were reviewed on a monthly basis. A written collection development policy provided the theoretical support for the decision-making that occurred. The benefits of the weeding program extended beyond the obvious reduction of outdated or unused material. © 1993 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1994

DOI of published version

10.1300/J105v18n01_09

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