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Thursday, November 9 • 11:35am - 12:15pm
The Print Book Purging Predicament: Qualitative Techniques for a Balanced Collection

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At previous Charleston Conference meetings, there was much discussion about how to efficiently weed academic library collections across disciplines using quantitative criteria. The presenters recently published an article in Collection Management entitled “Weeding with Wisdom: Tuning Deselection of Print Monographs in Book-Reliant Disciplines” in which they argue for the importance of retaining some low circulating books in areas such as history and literature where scholars are dependent on older, lesser used materials for research and teaching. Presenters will offer some suggestions from their experience with a major weeding project and invite discussion on ways to improve the deselection process through the use of qualitative techniques for weeding book-reliant disciplines in an attempt to maximize the quality of a monograph collection.

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Alex McAllister

Humanities Librarian, Appalachian State University
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Allan Scherlan

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 collection management, publishing, open access, and international librarianship in Collection Development... Read More →

Thursday November 9, 2017 11:35am - 12:15pm EST
Citadel Green Room South, Embassy Suites Hotel 337 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403