Weeding: Introduction to Models and Methods

Presented by: Pat Wagner

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Program Number: LI 181

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Weeding your library collection is as necessary to the health of your library as weeding is to the health of a garden. The evaluation process requires understanding your library’s goals and target audiences, budget constraints, and community needs. In addition, the properly managed weeding project has steps to ensure that books pulled from the collection are treated as potential assets, not just trash. As with most projects, good planning is key.


  • Introduction: What’s All The Fuss About?
  • The Key Idea: Plan the Garden Before Your Weed
  • Before You Weed: Planning to Plan
  • Roles of Staff, Supervisors, Managers, Leaders, and Your Library Users
  • Establish Your Weeding Plan
  • Reasons to Weed: Create a Custom Model
  • Other Issues: Problems and Opportunities


  • Create a weeding plan that reflects current strategic goals.
  • Decide which weeding models you will incorporate into your weeding plan.
  • Successfully explain the necessity of weeding to staff and library users.

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