Weeding, the permanent removal of materials from the library’s holdings, is an important part of the overall collection development process. Building a viable collection of materials to serve the college community is a dynamic process that includes regular assessment and removal of materials that are obsolete, damaged beyond repair, or no longer relevant to the curriculum.
Library staff will review the library collection at least every 5 years to identify materials that no longer contribute to the collection. In addition, faculty members are encouraged to review library holdings in their subject areas to identify items which should be withdrawn and bring such materials to the attention of the Director of Library Services.
Guidelines for Deselection
The following categories of materials will be considered for weeding from the collection.
- Poorly circulated materials
- Outdated materials
- Superseded editions
- Excessively worn or damaged materials (Items in poor condition, but still valuable in terms of intellectual content, will be considered for repair or replacement.)
- Multiple copies of monographs which are no longer needed to support the curriculum
- Whenever possible, monographs initially chosen for discard will be checked against standard bibliographies (e.g., Books for College Libraries) before being discarded.
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