Collection Development in Nursing: Weeding for Collection Strength

Collection Development in Nursing: Weeding for Collection Strength

Michelle Price (St. John Fisher College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1897-8.ch022
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Abstract

Identifying nursing items to purchase for a library collection can be a daunting task, especially since the materials become dated very quickly, and because, with limited budgets, librarians need to prioritize purchases. The Systematic Weeding to Identify Purchases (SWIPE) method employs a model of systematic weeding and identification of purchases that combines faculty subject expertise and librarian searching skills. With faculty input and circulation data, a librarian using SWIPE can identify items to withdraw from the collection, while also identifying new editions and titles to purchase in a content area, such as nursing. The SWIPE method allows librarians with little subject background to purchase appropriate and necessary new titles in a highly efficient manner.
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In order to best place the SWIPE method in context, a review of collection development policies and weeding policies and practices is necessary. The SWIPE method combines the processes of weeding and collecting. It also addresses implementation questions not answered by many collection development policies and weeding policies.

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