For immediate release | April 17, 2024

Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: Stewarding Relevance; Subject-Diverse Weeding

CHICAGO—Join Core for the webinar "Best of Core Forum: Stewarding Relevance; Subject-Diverse Weeding" on May 8, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Weeding collections is a perennial challenge in academic and research libraries, one that requires resources and time amid dwindling staff, space, and financial commitments. This presentation, intended for collection development librarians, subject selection specialists, collection managers, and collection support staff, provides an overview of the planning, implementation, and method for a customized collection assessment and weeding of a large multi-subject research collection. In addition to achieving its primary goal to deaccession duplicated or non-relevant materials that were no longer in support of the institution’s collecting and programmatic goals, current research mission, or historical relevance, it fostered cross-unit collaboration, provided an opportunity to re-contextualized forgotten materials, and left stakeholders with a feeling of accomplishment and community. This home-grown assessment was developed by an initial working group of five and implemented by a staff of two. The method was mindful of available staff time and technology and was conducted while the collection was in active use. Charts, worksheets, and preparation materials will be demonstrated.

This webinar was previously presented in-person as a session at the 2023 Core Forum. We are hosting this webinar, with the session adapted and presented live as a virtual event, to extend its reach.

Best of Core Forum: Stewarding Relevance; Subject-Diverse Weeding
Live Webinar: Wednesday, May 8, 2024, 1 - 2 p.m. CT


Daria Wingreen, Collection Development Librarian, Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex, Washington, DC
Alan Katz, Library Technician, Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex, Washington, DC

Registration Fees:

Core Member: $57.67
ALA Member: $71.10
Nonmember: $79.00

How Do I Purchase Group Registration?

You can register a group by specifying the number of people who will be accessing the webinar during checkout. We offer webinars discounts based on the number of registrations you specify at checkout. If you are a Core member, you can purchase seats for yourself and your colleagues at the Core discount rate; ALA's new e-Learning store allows you to extend Core member savings to colleagues at your institution.

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Mia Blixt-Shehan

Continuing Education Assistant

American Library Association

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures