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Characteristics of Loras Library Collection
no circulation since 1994
average publication date
# of books
Total number circulated at least once: 192,445
There are any number of reasons that libraries undertake weeding projects. Most libraries do this because of limited space. But other reasons include:
Increases the appeal of the books that remain, which increases the use of materials. Students are more likely to use visually appealing materials.
Saves the time of the patrons and the staff. Students can find relevant and useful materials more easily and staff can reshelve books more efficiently.
Improves our reputation for reliability and currency by removing obsolete and inaccurate materials.
Removes books in poor physical condition for repair, replacement, or reshelving in Special Collections.
Encourages browsing by removing musty, dusty, outdated materials.
Eliminates items no longer relevant to the curriculum.
Reduces redundancy by removing duplicate copies and unnecessary previous editions.
Makes space for other learning spaces necessary for today’s students.
Removes the illusion of a well-rounded, well-stocked collection.
Allows libraries to identify those materials that are so esoteric that most people would not use them.
Allows libraries to identify gaps in the collection.