International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 226

Full Length Research Paper

Weeding: A strategy for effective management of library stock at University of Ghana Medical School, Korle-bu'.

Edwin S. Thompson*
  • Edwin S. Thompson*
  • University for Development studies, Ghana.
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Banleman Konlan
  • Banleman Konlan
  • University for Development studies, Ghana.
  • Google Scholar


  •  Received: 16 March 2015
  •  Accepted: 29 June 2015
  •  Published: 30 June 2015

Abstract

This paper titled ‘Weeding: A strategy for effective management of library stock at University of Ghana Medical School, Korle-bu’ covers the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) library and the population for the study consisted of all professional and para-professional staff of the UGMS Library. A survey design making use of structured interviews were used to elicit data. The study showed that there was no weeding policy in the UGMS Library, that lack of funds, fear of creating space without replacement and lack of time among others accounted for non-weeding in the library. Also, weeded items were kept in a special store room, donated to other schools or sold at moderate prices to students. It was recommended that a collection development policy be formulated by the UGMS library which will include all aspects of the weeding process.

Key words: Weeding, academic libraries. medical school libraries, collection building, collection management.