E-materials and Weeding Policies

OSU Protesters

Ohio State University encountered some resistance with their weeding polity from protesters recently. This article seems a little one-sided since it does not take into account that library must incorporate weeding policies to balance their acquisitions policies. Collection management is a part of a health, vibrant and sustainable library. Without regularly weeding, the general collection would quickly become bloated and outdated and would not meet the needs of its users.

Look at a library as a system, with books coming in but nothing coming out. Books would start back flowing back through the entrances with no where to go. What about off site storage? Yes, off site storage will work to a degree, and libraries need to consider this at some point because libraries will start removing quality works eventually if that is all they have in stock. A library adding over 100,000 books a year will fill up any new space quickly at this rate. It also costs to build off site storage and to maintain it.

One of the best solutions besides digitizing books, which can also initially be expensive but worth while in the long run, is to create a regional off site storage facility. If all libraries within a region are facing the same space problem, it makes sense for them to team up and create a massive regional library in order to conserve resources. This is perhaps the most sustainable approach to date.

To read more about the OSU protest, click here.


About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on May 14, 2009, in Libraries and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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