Weeding the Web

Michael Chee
2020 Emerging Library & Information Perspectives  
Content available on LibGuides in the academic library context would benefit from being viewed and curated/edited as individual and distinct collections. Viewing LibGuides through this lens provides academic libraries with a new perspective for resolving the well-documented user experience issues that afflict this mode of information delivery. Novel considerations that emerge from this approach include: a) the value of formalizing a collection acquisition policy for individual LibGuides; b) the
more » ... l LibGuides; b) the importance of creating content responsive to emerging research directions; and c) an emphasis on the need for weeding and deselection processes. Although the author anticipates especial resistance to the idea that content on LibGuides would benefit from regular weeding, from the stance that virtual content takes up minimal space, this paper argues that the prioritization of high-quality, curated content in the era of the attention economy is a practice of prime importance.
doi:10.5206/elip.v3i1.8713 fatcat:rtinxz4i2bfmlavkzrmzi4n2nm