Weed ‘Em and Weep: Hoarding is not Collection Development

Reap the benefits of a well-weeded collection! This session will discuss weeding techniques, how to motivate reluctant weeders, and the public relations side of weeding.

Participants will find the joy in a shelf list that reflects a clean, relevant, and current collection!


Holly Hibner is the Adult Services Coordinator at the Plymouth District Library in Plymouth, Michigan. She has a mild obsession with weeding (ok, maybe not so mild), and can often be found walking the stacks looking for missing, damaged, and just plain weird titles. She also loves all things techie and the challenge of a good reference question. Holly is riding high and pulling all the glory out of her second term as a Councilor-at-Large for the American Library Association.

Mary Kelly is the Digital Resources and Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Plymouth District Library in Plymouth, Michigan. She is passionate about collection quality and, when she’s not wrangling with Overdrive, she is usually hunched over the computer looking at spreadsheets. She spent a few years in Youth Services, molding young minds through Toddler Disco, but recently returned to the promised land of Adult Services. For street cred, Holly and Mary co-authored the book “Making a Collection Count: A Holistic Approach to Library Collection Management.” Reading it will surely change your life, so interlibrary loan a copy today! They are also co-authors of the popular blog “Awful Library Books.”


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