Weeding Library Collections: Library Weeding Methods

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Libraries Unlimited, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 240 pages
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Slote shows you how to identify the core collections versus the weedable items. After reviewing current weeding practices and standards, he discusses a variety of traditional and computer-assisted methods for weeding.

Based on the author's ongoing research, field observations, and interviews with library professionals, this edition thoroughly updates the previous one and simplifies the process of weeding. Slote shows librarians how to identify the core collections versus the weedable items. After reviewing current weeding practices and standards, he discusses a variety of traditional and computer-assisted methods for weeding. His approach is based on the new understanding of the relationship between in-library use and circulation use. A section dealing with reference (noncirculating) collections has been added, and the chapter on computer-assisted weeding has been completely rewritten to help librarians streamline the weeding process. All forms have been redesigned.

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Background to Weeding
Current Weeding Practices
Present Weeding Criteria Based on Judgment
Recommended Weeding Objectives
Weeding Methods Used in Libraries
Analysis and Review of the Literature of Weeding
The New Concept in Weeding
The Book Card Method
Computer Assisted Weeding
1 The shelf list
Step 3a 194
Some Practical Considerations
1 ShelfTime Period CutOff Points at the 96 Percent
The Weeding Process for Noncirculating Collections

The SpineMarking Method
Step 7 124
The Historical Reconstruction Method
Step 8

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Page 83 - Shelf-time period is the length of time a book remains on the shelf between circulations.
Page v - Walls, such things are not good; if you want roome for modern books, it is easy to remove the less usefull into a more remote place, but not to sell any, they are devoted...
Page 68 - Pittsburgh in 1975 and completed in 1978 — a study that had as its overall objective "to develop measures for determining the extent to which library materials are used, and the full cost of such...
Page 58 - Since cost was the principal focus, weeding criteria were relegated to a rather junior position in this study. The following conclusions are important: The author sincerely believes that selection of an item for storage should be based entirely upon its current (or immediate past) rate of usage. . . . As has been repeatedly pointed out in the literature, other measures of usage are not nearly so reliable as past history. In this research the age criterion, which is apparently the next best predictor...
Page 60 - Past use, where sufficient data are available, was found to be the best single predictor of the future use of a book" (Fussier and Simon 1969: 15).
Page 4 - Good live books are often lost or buried among dead ones. It has been shown by experiment again and again that a collection of best books, when grouped by themselves, receive twice as much use as when scattered among old and obsolete material. A library's shelves attract readers not in proportion to the number of volumes on them but in proportion to the amount of fresh and vital material which they contain. There are many libraries where the very first requirement for a revival of interest and increased...
Page 55 - It has been established that records of past use are the simplest and best available predictors of future use (considerably better than the unaided subjective judgement of either teachers or librarians...
Page 68 - External circulation data over an extended time period can be utilized with a high level of confidence to measure total book use — in terms of items used, not frequency. A methodology has been suggested for identifying "high risk...
Page 76 - The Effect of Book Storage on Circulation Service," College and Research Libraries XI (October 1950), pp.

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