Weeding the Library Collection


Dates: May 6 - June 2

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Weeding is a vital part of collection management. Too often it is overlooked until space becomes an issue. A well-managed collection requires constant maintenance, not just regular additions of new material. During the 4-week course you will learn how collection and circulation data, coupled with patron interest and space allocation, influence weeding. The course manager will share their weeding experience across adult and youth collections and show how effective weeding can increase circulation and ease of use. Example collection information will be given to illustrate how to organize and use data to review material, including the decision on what to remove and what to maintain. At the completion of the course you will have the confidence and ability to effectively weed a collection as part of quality collection management.

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1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Valarie Lamoreaux

Valarie Lamoreaux is the Assistant Director at the Leavenworth Public Library. She supervises the patron experience staff, oversees the active daily operations of the Library and manages the collections. Valarie is a strong advocate for proactive collection management, which includes using data and local interest to influence development and weeding of collections. Valarie has a bachelors’ degree from Kansas State University and a Master’s of Library Science from Emporia State University. She has worked in multiple non-profit organizations, a specialized academic library and public libraries.

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Special Session

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.


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