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Wednesday, November 4 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Weeding Politics-Related Book Collections in Academic Libraries

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Many libraries face challenges in accommodating their print collections, whether these challenges are the result of the size and predicted growth of the collection itself or from pressures to use library space for new services. Very little research has been done on how librarians approach weeding within a particular academic subject area, such as political science, and how they apply general weeding plans and criteria to a specific subject. Our presentation reviews findings from a 2015 survey that examines the weeding practices and opinions of academic librarians with responsibility for managing book collections in political science and related disciplines such as international studies, public policy, public administration, and legal studies. Survey topics included motivations for and obstacles to weeding, deselection criteria, and the role of faculty from affected disciplines. Responses to the survey allow us to identify trends in weeding practices, compare perceptions among librarians at different types of institutions, and suggest best practices for political science collection development.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Ackerman

Erin Ackerman

Social Sciences Librarian, The College of New Jersey
avatar for Lisa DeLuca

Lisa DeLuca

Social Sciences Librarian, Seton Hall University



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