Should it Stay or Should it Go: Right-sizing (Weeding) Your Collection - CLA Technical Services Section Fall Program

Should it Stay or Should it Go: Right-sizing (Weeding) Your Collection - CLA Technical Services Section Fall Program

One of the fundamental tenets of librarianship is preservation.  However, there is a delicate balance between preservation and the practical limitations of existing space.  As space becomes a valuable and often limited commodity for libraries, weeding or the “right-sizing” of library collections is a constant.  We can no longer retain and keep multiple copies of the latest best sellers for years or keep materials “just in case.” As libraries focus on becoming gathering spaces, there is a demand to provide more collaborative space and to reduce the footprint of underused print collections.  Therefore, it has become more important to ensure that when “right-sizing” or weeding the library collections, we are doing it with our patrons in mind.  Public libraries need to make sure that they don't over–weed in areas of community interest.  Academic and school libraries need to ensure that weeding doesn’t interfere with providing materials that are necessary for curriculum and research.

9:00-9:30 Registration and Refreshments

9:30 - 10:30 Join us as we spend the morning discussing the fundamentals and best practices of weeding or “right-sizing” library collections at academic, public and school libraries. Get useful tips about making the best decision for your library collections while providing the best print collections possible to your community or campus. We will start with the fundamentals and provide attendees an opportunity to try out their weeding skills and discuss the factors they use to make the big decision about whether something stays or goes.

10:30-12:00 The second half of the morning will provide attendees the opportunity to learn from CT librarians and the various weeding projects that they have encountered.  The panel of libraries will provide a look at tackling this process from different library types, formats and genres. Panelists include:

  •  Kristina Edwards, Acquisitions Librarian, Central Connecticut State University
  •  Kyle Lynes, Reference Librarian, University of Hartford
  •  Kate Soboleva, Adult Services Librarian, Bethel Library
  •  Linda Williams, Children’s Services Consultant, Div. of Library Development, CT State Library

This event is taking place at the Farmington Library Community Room, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Tickets: $15 for CLA members / $25 Non-members

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Note: If you have questions or require special accommodations for this program, please contact Gail Hurley, Technical Services Section Chair, no later than September 29, 2017 at or 860-704-2222

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
9:30am - 12:00pm
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To register for a DLD workshop or webinar, you must be a current staff member, Friend, or Board Member/Trustee of a library in CT. If you are an unemployed librarian in CT, please contact Steve Cauffman (  or 860-704-2223) to register.

Cancellation Policy

If you cannot attend a workshop you have registered for, please remember to cancel at least 3 days in advance so we can give your spot to someone else. You can cancel via the link in your confirmation email, or by contacting Steve Cauffman | (860) 704-2223.

Those who miss (without cancelling) 3 events within a 6-month period will be placed on the waiting list when registering for future events. Be sure to sign in when you arrive for any workshop.

Inclement Weather Policy

For all in-person workshops offered by the CT State Library, Division of Library Development:

If the public schools in the town where the workshop is to be held close due to weather, the workshop will be canceled. If the schools have a delay, the workshop will go on as scheduled.

For the most up-to-date information, call us at 860-704-2200.

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Continuing Education workshops and the professional development collection are funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library.