An Ugly Weed: Innovative De-Selection to Address a Shelf Space Crisis

Lloyd Chittenden, Pamela Arbeeny


Given one month to produce a weeding list of 4,000-5,000 monographs, librarians at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado developed a plan to make quick assessments while minimizing mistakes and protecting key works in the collection. The innovative process, utilizing keyword filtering and color coding in Microsoft Excel, could prove valuable to any library with limited staffing for weeding. Though the process is not suggested to replace ongoing deselection in collaboration with faculty, the method can be used to create focused weed lists to save valuable staff time.


weeding, de-selection, shelf space, Microsoft Excel, filtering

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ISSN: 1947-525X