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Are you weeding eBooks from your collection?

I picked up this post about weeding eBooks from a colleague who monitors collib-l.  I asked the originator, Gary Daught, if I could post it here as well.  Please feel free to respond as Gary (and I) would love to hear your feedback.  If you prefer to email, Gary is at GFDaught@milligan.edu.

Greetings. We now have well over 70,000 e-books in our holdings—a figure quickly approaching 50% of our entire book collection. A majority of these titles were purchased through our consortium as NetLibrary or other vendor collections.

This summer we began an earnest and long-overdue weeding of our print collection. We weed not only to recover/reduce shelf space but also to remove items that are dated, out-of-scope, or lacking in other desired academic qualities. It’s a lot of work as you well know. This second reason to weed got me thinking about our e-books. We don’t have to worry about shelf space with e-books. However, I can imagine that there are titles among our e-books that should also be weeded. Yes, it’s simple enough to suppress an item record from the OPAC. But how are we going to work through +70,000 titles?! Continue reading