Although weeding is second nature for me in my public library, I wanted to be conservative since I am the temp and I am a newbie at academic librarianship. Different collections and a different service mission translate into different weeding criteria. So how do you weed a collection when you don't know the collection or the users that well or feel comfortable with the task? Try this:
- Pull obvious condition "issues".
- Pull anything that is over ten years that could have a currency issue. (No, I don't mean fiction or humanities/art materials.)
- Take a look at circulation or use stats.
- Have another person review and discuss the choices.
- Consider options: other sources of information, redundant databases, government information, web sites, etc.
- Cart and let it sit for at least 24 hours. This should catch any impulsive decisions.
And of course if you turn up something perfectly appalling or funny, I would love to feature it on Awful Library books!