Weeding Case Study

Weeding in an Academic Library – a Case Study

A reader reached out and asked if they could share an anecdote about an interaction with a faculty member over their weeding process. We thought that was a great idea, and we welcome other case studies as well. Do you have a weeding story to share? Here are some ideas:

“My boss won’t let me weed” – How did you approach the boss, and what was their response?
“I took over a job from a long-time hoarder.” – How did you approach cleaning up that mess?
“I weeded something that turned out to be important.” – Oops! How did you remedy the situation?
“My library is starting a large weeding project.” – Did you create a weeding plan? What was the approach to get staff and patrons on board?

Below is a description of our first case study submitter’s interaction.

Just Curious, Jeeves cover

Ask Jeeves

ust Curious, Jeeves
Mingo and Barrett
2000

Submitter: [Edited by Holly for length] This is yet another of those books that compiles trivia “you’ve always wondered about,” much the same as David Feldman’s popular “Imponderables” series. This book is, however, quite transparently an open advertisement for the old Ask Jeeves website, a one-time contender in the search-engine wars that was started in 1996 and marketed itself around encouraging users to submit searches in the form of a question.

Doing Business in Mexico cover

Doing Business in Mexico

Doing Business in Mexico
Engholm and Grimes
1997

Submitter: [Edited by Holly for length] I picked up this book because the company I work for is starting to do business in Mexico. But it was copyrighted in 1997! In the particular area where we do business, our counterparts in Mexico are telling us that things have been changing in the last few years. But I’m wondering what else has changed since the internet was spun?