Weeding: A Guide for Beginners eCourse

Weeding: A Guide for Beginners eCourse

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$250.00
Item Number:
1541-9448
Dates: 
From:  October 21, 2019
To:  December 8, 2019
Delivery Method: 
Asynchronous
Credentials: 
Attendance Cert.
Duration: 
7 weeks (includes a one-week break for the Thanksgiving holiday)
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
36 Hours
Publisher: 
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
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Deselection is the less glamorous side of collection management.  In the fast-paced environment of the library, it often falls to the side. But weeding your collection is extremely important, and must be done with care.

In this eCourse, expert librarian Jill Burket Ragase will provide you with specific guidelines and criteria that will lead you to the best approach for your library.  Along with this practical overview, you’ll engage in assignments and discussion that will provide you with the information you need to effectively weed your collection.

After completing this course, you will:

  • Be able to leverage your library’s catalog reporting function to efficiently and effectively evaluate materials for deselection, replacement, or retention
  • Understand what various circulation reports tell us and how to use that information
  • Understand what holding reports tell us and how to use that information
  • Be able to weed with confidence using a combination of the MUSTY method and statistics
  • Be able to develop and encourage staff buy-in and community support for deselection

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on October 21, 2019. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Jill Burket Ragase will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 6-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Jill Burket Ragase

Jill Burket Ragase has eagerly shared her passion for collection development and Youth Services as an Independent Library Consultant for five years. She is the former Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, an SLJ 5-star library and winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Services. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and their four children.

If you have any questions about this eCourse, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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Accommodations are offered based on user needs. For transcription or other accessibility requests, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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