Managing a Large-Scale Weeding Project When We All Pull Together

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Leslie Engelson


The main circulating collection at Murray State University had never been thoughtfully and intentionally weeded. Several factors aligned raising the need for a thorough weed of the collection resulting in weeding over a quarter of the collection (over 100,000 volumes). Most of the volumes were pulled and processed over a 32-week period. This session will discuss the circumstances that made the time ripe for weeding, the criteria that informed the decision-making process, tools used in that process, workflow for accomplishing the physical processing, cross-library participation in the project, and things to consider when implementing a project of this magnitude.

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