Managing Print-Based Weeding Projects in Academic Libraries

Hilary Barbara Lynd


“Weeding” is the process of removing information resources from a collection. As a public relations quagmire, it is one of the most challenging tasks an information manager may face. With the rise of election resources, print-based weeding projects are on the rise. It is integral that information managers have the necessary skills to carry out this endeavor. This paper examines the best practices for managing a print-based weeding project in an academic library, based on recent literature and the author’s work experience. A set of recommendations for choosing material to remove, developing workflows, managing public relations and finding solutions for discarded material are put forward.  


Collections; Information Resources; Weeding; Deselection; Collection Development; Public Relations; Workflows

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