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  1. Moonshine Public Library Weeding the Collection

  2. We Don’t Want to End Up Like Sunny Glow Library

  3. S W O T Strengths: Weaknesses: Opportunity: Threat:

  4. The weeding process provides 4 Opportunities: • staff leadership and learning • the MPL to gain positive publicity • address the shelving budget and plan for the future • improve the library’s collection, organization, and appearance

  5. Mission Statement Our library strives to be an approachable, intellectually accessible organization that is sensitive to the needs of all users while providing a positive learning environment…

  6. Weeding Policy Materials that no longer meet the stated mission of the library (including items that have become damaged or obsolete) will be withdrawn from the library’s public collection according to the accepted professional practices described in the CREW* method… * See CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries

  7. Weeding Policy continued … Disposal of withdrawn library materials will be at the discretion of the library director, subject to all relevant provisions of the Charter of the Town of Moonshine and in the most economically eco-friendly manner.

  8. “Next to emptying the outdoor book drop on cold and snowy days, weeding is the most undesirable job in the library. It is also one of the most important” “A good library collection is like a good haircut. It’s not what you cut – it’s what you leave”

  9. Collection Development and Materials Selection Policy Overview

  10. What is weeding? Process of removing books and other materials • Poor physical condition • Outdated or inaccurate information • Don’t fit in scope of Library’s collection

  11. What should I weed? M isleading U gly S uperseded T riviality I rrelevant E lsewhere

  12. What do I do with the weeded materials? • Mend it • Sell it • Give it away • Donate it • Recycle it • Destroy it

  13. Good Communication is Essential- Both Internal and External Press Release Memo

  14. MPL Internal Blog Exchange of Ideas — Openness to Suggestions

  15. MPL Website Public Blog Buy-in from Staff and Public

  16. Thank You! awful library books