For immediate release | August 12, 2014

Gain collection (and weeding) confidence with PLA’s upcoming webinar

CHICAGO – Are your library shelves groaning under the weight of a heavy collection? Do you have a litany of excuses to keep a title, even if it is outdated or under circulated? Then it might be time to register for the upcoming, hour-long webinar from the Public Library Association (PLA) — “Weed 'Em and Weep: Hoarding Is Not Collection Development" —at 1 p.m. Central on Aug. 27.

Presenters Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly, the engaging pair behind the blog “Awful Library Books” will discuss weeding techniques, collection management policies and how to motivate reluctant weeders—all with their trademark sense of humor and encouragement. Attendees will identify their own and others’ contributions to the collection life cycle in their library; defend weeding as essential to collection quality; be able to articulate how their library’s collection helps achieve their library’s mission; and know how to create a collection management plan for their organization,

The cost to attend “Weed 'Em and Weep: Hoarding Is Not Collection Development" is $28 (PLA Members), $31.50 (ALA Members) and $35 (Nonmembers). Groups of any size can register for $129. The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. Central on Monday, Aug. 25.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA’s website at PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.


Amy Sargent

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