University of Wisconsin–Madison

Prune Your Collection: Creating a Weeding Plan

Are you intimidated by weeding? Not the dandelion kind, the book kind? Then this course is for you! We’ll learn about goals for weeding (hint: it’s all about keeping your collection healthy and your patrons happy) and collecting the information you need to weed effectively. Then we’ll learn how to create a weeding plan that helps to overcome some of the most common challenges and pitfalls of the weeding process, including tricky areas like weeding online resources and communicating with patrons.

At a glance

When: Feb 18 – Mar 17, 2019

Where: Online

Cost: $125 (10% discount when you register by Feb 3!)

CE Credit: 1.4 CEUs/14 LEUs

Program: #305019

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online

Register by phone: Pyle Center, (608) 262-2451

Register by fax or mail: Print out a registration form

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins

Course details


A pass/fail grade will be based on reading the freely available assigned readings, participating in online discussions, and working through a hands-on exercise to create a simple weeding plan.


  • Goals for weeding
  • Collecting information needed for weeding
  • Establishing weeding criteria
  • Communicating with patrons about weeding
  • Challenges of weeding
  • Creating a weeding plan


Bronwen Masemann was formerly a Faculty Associate Librarian at the University of Wisconsin – Madison iSchool Library.