Wednesday, November 6 • 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Revitalizing Library Collections: A Tale of Two Libraries

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We librarians agree that weeding is one of the vital components of collection development for all libraries regardless of their type or size. Yet due to the nature of a weeding project, which is usually massive in scale, complex in planning, and daunting in working load, not many of us are keen to talk about it, not to mention undertake. This presentation will share two different library weeding experiences. 
The consolidation of Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University resulted in the merging of the two library collections for a total of 40,000 monographs. Considering that neither library had weeded their collection for decades, the integrated collection was in dire need of evaluation and weeding. With careful planning, we initiated the massive weeding project in 2017. In this presentation, I will share our valuable firsthand experiences in managing various aspects of the project, such as creating feasible project plans and documents, building effective teams, and developing a seamless workflow. I hope our successful experiences will inspire like undertakings at other institutions. 
 To make room for a planned student center in the Library, the University of California, Irvine Libraries needed to identify 130,000 items to move off-site or de-accession during a short time frame. The presentation will cover different stages of the project: use of GreenGlass to help us understand our holdings, subject librarian selection of titles, and creation of a webpage and database for campus review. Faculty responses, the good and the negative, will also be covered.  Additionally, I will provide you with tips and lessons learned in project management that can help others responsible for putting such a plan into action.

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Becky Imamoto

Head of Collection Strategies, University of California, Irvine
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Xueying Chen

STEM Collection Development Librarian and Monographs Coordinator, Kennesaw State University

Wednesday November 6, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm EST
Magnolia Room, Courtyard Marriott Hotel 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401