It may seem difficult to both balance space management in your academic library and continue to cultivate a thriving general collection that meets the needs of 21st century faculty and students. However, strong weeding and storage policies offer an effective way to meet both aims. The key is to move beyond just reviewing circulation data and integrate user input to inform your general collection management.
Join us for a webcast that explores how to seamlessly integrate data and user input into your library’s storage and weeding policies. You will leave with five key takeaways and a plan for establishing policies that ensure the viability of your general collection in a way that nurtures the relationship between your library and its most important stakeholders.
Who Should Attend
Administrators involved in libraries/information services, library acquisitions, learning resources, and academic information services will leave this webcast better equipped to engage campus stakeholders in their library’s weeding and storage process.
- Establishing Purpose for Data Collection
- Library mission
- Current barriers to mission (space issues/outdated collections)
- Connecting general collection weeding policies to mission
- Gathering Data for Weeding Policies
- Prioritizing data
- Avoiding data pitfalls
- Gathering Stakeholder Input for Weeding Policies
- Surveys (survey samples)
- Academic/Curricular needs
- Faculty committee (sample meeting agendas)
- Pro-Active communication (articulation of opposition, policies and mission, and material value)
- Aligning Data and Stakeholder Input with Weeding Policy
- Finding key areas of faculty/student alignment
- Establishing criteria for evaluation of policies
- Creating a “healthy cycle” of general collection auditing
- Five Key Takeaways for Establishing a Strong Weeding Policy
- Concluding Thoughts and Questions
Michael Levine-Clark , Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections Services, University of Denver Libraries
With colleagues from the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, Michael founded the open access journal Collaborative Librarianship, and he serves as co-editor for scholarly articles. He has been a chair or member of many committees within the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), and he has served on a variety of national and international publisher and vendor library advisory boards. Michael is currently serving as the co-chair of a NISO working group to develop recommended practices for Demand Driven Acquisition of Monographs and as the co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, 4th edition. He writes and speaks regularly on strategies for improving academic library collection development practices, including the use of e-books in academic libraries and the development of demand-driven acquisition models.