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collection management, collaborative selection, active selection, weeding, mental health libraries


Weeding is a common theme in library literature. But, while librarians often use circulation statistics or other data as general guidelines for weeding print collections, few consider the value of actively engaging affected populations during the weeding lifecycle, particularly in the early stages of selecting material for retention. This paper describes a collaborative project between librarians and non-library faculty and staff to identify and retain the materials that would establish a core library collection, increase collection and resource accessibility, and aid in a library’s transformation into a more student-centered space. The paper concludes with an overview of outcomes and describes how the weeding project contributed to the library’s ablity to function within a more contemporary framework of service while also shifting expectations of the library’s role within the greater university.