Rethinking Your Print Reference Collection?
Posted by: Lindsay Harmon
If you're heading to Anaheim, this RSS program sounds worth checking out:
RSS Discussion Forum: Rethinking Your Print Reference Collection
Sharaton Park Hotel, Garden AB · 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Convener: Christy Caldwell, University of California, Santa Cruz
Library literature shows that since the eighties, we have known our print reference collections were probably too big and underused. Lately, we've seen more studies indicating increasingly low usage of print reference items both by patrons and librarians. Some libraries, as a result, have weeded their reference collections or, less commonly, no longer have one. While it may be time for many of us to weed our print reference collections, the multitude of sticky decisions in a time of staff attrition make it a very difficult and potentially labor intensive task. These studies provided data, but often not details: what titles were kept? What large multi-volume works were discarded? Join a lively discussion about this important issue.
If (like me), you're not going to Anaheim, how about "a lively discussion about this important topic" HERE? What print reference books are you letting go of? What are you hanging onto?