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Weeding Policy

The library will consider removing from the collection superseded editions, duplicates, damaged materials, and materials containing inaccurate or outdated information.

The library will weed any materials that do not fit within the parameters of the Collection Development Policy.

Other classes of materials to be considered for weeding include:

  1. Books that no longer relate to the academic curriculum or extracurricular enrichment
  2. Inspirational literature
  3. Lab manuals, teacher's editions, workbooks
  4. Accession lists or bibliographies of other libraries
  5. Short runs or single volumes of cataloged serials
  6. Vanity presses: Vantage Press, Dorrance Publishing and Ivy House as well as other self-published materials
  7. Brochures/Pamphlets of little academic value
  8. Annual reports
  9. Library of Congress surplus duplicates
  10. Incomplete sets

The library will weed materials based upon use patterns, to include materials that have not circulated in 10 years and do not appear on any standard book lists.

The library will enlist the involvement of faculty, in situ, in the weeding process.

Specific classes of materials with specific age for weeding:

  1. Library science 5 years
  2. Vocational guidance materials 3 years
  3. Personal finance 3 years
  4. Medical, health, nutrition, drugs 5 years
  5. Geography & travel 5 years

Materials to be kept:

  1. Unabridged dictionaries may be retained indefinitely
  2. Biographical dictionaries unless superseded by a newer edition
  3. City directories
  4. Materials used for Reserves