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No! We can t rid of that! Vnuk, author of the popular Weeding Tips column on BOOKLIST Online, is here to show you that yes, you can. A library is an ever-changing organism; when done the right way, weeding helps a library thrive by focusing its resources on those parts of the collection that are the most useful to its users. Her handbook takes the guesswork out of this delicate but necessary process, giving public and school library staff the knowledge and the confidence to effectively weed any collection, of any size. Going through the proverbial stacks shelf by shelf, VnukExplains why weeding is important for a healthy library, demonstrating that a vibrant collection leads to robust circulation, which in turn affects library budgetsWalks readers through a library s shelves by Dewey area, with recommended weeding criteria and call-outs in each area for the different considerations of large collections and smaller collectionsFeatures a chapter addressing reference, media, magazines and newspapers, e-books, and other special materialsShows how a solid collection development plan uses weeding as an ongoing process, making it less stressful and more productiveOffers guidance for determining how to delegate responsibility for weeding, plus pointers for getting experienced staff on boardGives advice for educating the community about the process, how to head off PR disasters, and what to do with weeded materialsIncludes a dozen sample collection development plans, easily adaptable to suit a library's individual needsFilled with field-tested, no nonsense strategies, this handbook will enable libraries to bloom by maintaining a collection that users actually use.



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Rebecca Vnuk

Rebecca Vnuk,the Reference and Collection Management Editor for Booklist Magazine, is the author of 2 Reader's Advisory nonfiction titles: Read On...Women's Fiction, and Women's Fiction Authors: A Research Guide. Women's Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests is due out in fall 2013.A long time reviewer and collection development article writer for Library Journal, she was named Fiction Reviewer of the Year in 2008. She is also the 2010 winner of the Public Library Association's Allie Beth Martin award, for "her unwavering dedication to books of any cover."



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