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Friday, November 6 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Libraries in a Bind: Practical Solutions and Human Responses to a Weeding Mandate

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Many university libraries are currently engaged in major weeding projects as they reduce their print book collections to make room for new space configurations to accommodate emerging library trends such as makerspaces and transitioning toward a predominately e-book collection. To address such a deselection project effectively requires both practical solutions and tact in dealing with faculty who seriously value their collection of print books. Librarians from two universities will share practical approaches to managing a large weeding project and for dealing diplomatically with book users affected. Representatives for deselection project services will also offer insights into their logistic support for handling the weeding project. Ample time will be provided for discussion where collection librarians can candidly discuss both the practical problems and user concerns faced when sandwiched between the demands of a major weeding project and the needs of faculty and students in book-reliant disciplines.


Carla Caforio

Library Relocation Specialist, William B. Meyer
Over twenty years of experience providing relocation, depository and customized technology solutions to libraries in transition.

Kathy Marks

Strategic Sales Director-Libraries, Better World Books

Christina Mayberry

Collection Development Coordinator, Oviatt Library of California State University-Northridge
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Alex McAllister

Humanities Librarian, Appalachian State University
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Allan Scherlen

Social Sciences Librarian, Appalachian State University
Allan Scherlen is the collections management librarian for the social sciences at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Allan has published articles on various issues related to publishing, open access, and international librarianship in International Information and Library Review, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Serials Review, Serials Librarian, Public Libraries, and North Carolina Libraries. He was also the co-editor of the... Read More →

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