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Friday, October 4 • 11:20am - 12:10pm
Unmaking a Collection: Circulation Growth Through Collection Loss

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In 2016, the Cedar Rapids Public Library took on the task of heavily weeding a large and outdated children’s collection at its small branch library and monitored its circulation change. After weeding over 3,000 items from the picture book collection alone, the library experienced a consistent rise in circulation despite fewer operating hours than the year previously. The library has since regularly weeded low-circulating collections, floated certain collections between branches, and allocated the materials budget to maintain a current and patron-driven collection without overburdening staff.
Weeding is an essential part of the life cycle of an item in a library but can be an overwhelming endeavor, physically and occasionally emotionally, for passionate library staff. This session will offer collection teams a personalized account of the process and resulting success of such a task and provide advice for libraries looking to undertake such a project.

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Sarah Voels

Community Engagement Librarian, Cedar Rapids Public Library
Sarah Voels is a librarian in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has over fifteen years of professional experience in a variety of roles in public libraries including extensive work in collection development. She has become a nationally-recognized figure on collection development analysis and... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm CDT
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