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According to Rebecca Vnuk, author of Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-By-Shelf Guide (American Library Association, 2015), “Weeding helps a library thrive.” We all want our libraries to thrive, yet for many of us weeding is one of the last activities we want to do. For others, the task may simply seem too daunting to even know where to begin. Add to this the pressure to clear space for a new campus initiative and the work can quickly become overwhelming. This presentation looks at a multi-year weeding project at Olivet Nazarene University’s Benner Library that ultimately resulted in the withdrawal of 30,000 items. Emphasis will be given to the overall organization and execution of the project including specific steps followed and tools used (e.g. Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, OCLC Connexion, and Ex Libris Voyager). However, familiarity with these programs is not a prerequisite for attendance as the concepts behind their use will be easily transferable to the tools available in your own work. No matter the size of your library or the size of your weeding project you will leave this presentation with practical tips and ideas to help you save time and energy.


Presented at the 2018 Annual Conference of the Association of Christian Librarians, June 11-14, 2018, Asbury University, Wilmore, KY.

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