Dates: June 1-26, 2015
All libraries need some regular weeding, but many of us don't know where to start. An important but often overlooked part of collection development, deaccessioning materials is a vital way to keep your library's collection useful for your institution. This four week course will provide, through readings and exercises, guidance on how to focus a library's collection and identify where to prune and what to keep. We will explore how to keep faculty (moderately) happy during the weeding process, and what to do with the downsized materials once the decision to deaccession has been made. Students will develop principles on maintaining a manageable library collection during the course which will guide their institution well into the future, while also learning about the mechanics involved in a weeding project.