Weeding, also know as deselection or deaccessioning,
refers to the removal of outdated, obsolete and
worn materials, and is as important to a library collection
as acquiring or purchasing new materials.
The Valencia College Library Collection Development Procedure defines how our library chooses materials to be included in the collection. It also comments on the need for the library to maintain the integrity of the collection through deselection.
From the Valencia College Library Collection Development Procedure:
Definition of Collection Development Collection development refers to the process of building and maintaining the library’s entire materials collection, encompassing print, non-print, and electronic formats. The primary purpose of collection development is to meet the informational needs of learners. Resources purchased with library funds are for the library circulating and non-circulating collection only. The collection development process includes the formulation of guidelines and procedures, coordination of acquisition activities, budget formulation and allocation, needs assessments, collection evaluations, selection, resource sharing and deselection.
Both the Valencia College Library Collection Development Procedure and the Valencia Library's Mission Statement guide the weeding/deselection process.
You can read the entire Valencia College Library Collection Development Procedure by clicking on the link below.
Valencia Libraries Mission Statement
The mission of the Valencia College libraries is to provide a variety of learning centered resources, services, and facilities to support a diverse community; to encourage academic achievement, student success, and lifelong learning; and to enhance teaching excellence.