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Saturday, November 7 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Weeding Out in the Open: What Will the Neighbors Think?

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Weeding is often an emotionally charged topic for both librarians and faculty. A print collection needs weeding, but the campus community is nervous and concerned. Where do we go from here? In preparing for a large scale monograph deselection project at California State University, Fullerton’s (CSUF) Pollak Library, library faculty and administration grappled with how to productively and efficiently involve the large CSUF teaching faculty in the weeding process. Library systems staff developed an innovative web-based tool that enables faculty to easily provide feedback on deselection candidates on a title by title basis. The presenters will explain the thoughts behind the project, the creation of the deselection database and user interface, how the weeding project was received by teaching faculty, and the pros and cons of Pollak Library’s approach. Attendees will be engaged in discussion on faculty participation in library deselection, solutions for communication, and ways to address the uneasiness attached to weeding projects.

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Michael DeMars

Systems and Instruction Librarian, California State University, Fullerton
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Ann Roll

Associate Dean of Collections and Scholarly Comm, California State University Fullerton

Saturday November 7, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm EST
Salon 1, Gaillard Center