Why We Weed: Book Deselection in Academic Libraries

Why We Weed: Book Deselection in Academic Libraries.

This was an amazing post. At school, we were thought a little about Weeding books at libraries but never did I get this sort of in dept information on the task. Weeding may be a dreadfully annoying task that most librarians place on the back burner but it is a very important task none the less. I am grateful for this article and all the information it contains because its given me a broader understanding of the ‘Why’ in the weeding process.

Just like our homes, libraries too need to be cleaned of unwanted items. We remove unused stuff from our houses regularly to make room for new ones so why shouldn’t libraries do the same? It is unnecessary for libraries to keep materials that are of no use to the general public when they can simply make room for materials people actually want to use. After all, we do want people in our libraries and not just books. In the end though, it all comes down to keeping what is useful and getting rid of what is not.


3 thoughts on “Why We Weed: Book Deselection in Academic Libraries

  1. I agree that weeding is important in libraries,but not everyone understand this for example ,at a school library where I am employed the principal does not believe in getting rid of old books so there are a lot of old books sitting on the library shelves.

    • Well the principal is not a library professional and may not understand the necessities of the weeding process. As a para professional, you can try to explain it to everyone or ask your librarian to do so. Maybe they may have a change of heart.

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