ACPL board OKs tweak to collection policy

May 24, 2019

The Allen County Library Board on Thursday approved changes to the library’s collection development policy and weeding will resume for select portions of the library’s collection. 

The board previously deferred a vote on the policy during its April meeting as library officials addressed questions raised by residents at a March public hearing. Between last month and Thursday, branch managers were asked to again weigh in on the changes with any questions or concerns related to the revised policy.

Library Director Greta Southard said no further concerns were brought forward. 

“We took a look at the operating procedures that accompany the implementation of the policy,” Southard said, noting that some terminology was changed for further clarity. 

Weeding of materials will resume, but it will be limited to the library’s active collection : materials that include years-old magazines or damaged items.

“I will tell you that I know that there are branches that are emailing managers saying, ‘When can we start weeding,’” Southard said, noting that specific branches that have asked about weeding include Georgetown, Dupont and Aboite.

Those branches are high-circulation branches and receive a large amount of new material throughout the year.

Weeding of the collection at large will not resume until library staff can produce a report for the board detailing the number of physical items that are removed by each branch in a given month and the reason they were weeded out of the system.

The moratorium on weeding applies only to the library’s storage collection, Southard said. 

Some residents and library patrons have been upset and have expressed concerns over the library’s policies regarding the weeding of books from the collection.

Concerns have been raised over the frequency, amount and types of books removed from circulation. Several of those residents were present at Thursday’s meeting.


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