Curating your Best Collection

  • With Becker Parkhurst-Strout and Monica Washenberger
  • Originally aired 10/23/2018
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When the Denver Public Library implemented Floating Collections, we realized that we needed a whole new strategy for collection maintenance.  For us, collection management is not just about weeding, it’s about curating the best collection for our customers.

We’ll share a flexible collection management strategy that can be adapted for any type or size of library to make sure that your collection remains dynamic, and relevant. Attendees will leave with practical ideas on how to approach collection maintenance using different techniques, templates, and collaboration methods.

Come prepared to share strategies that have worked for your library so that we all can build cohesive and current collection that our library users will love.


About Becker Parkhurst-Strout and Monica Washenberger

Becker has worked for the Denver Public Library in both public service and behind the scenes roles for over 17 years. She is currently the Adult Selection Specialist in the Collection Development Department, and lead’s DPL’s Collection Maintenance Team. Her work passions include weeding, graphic novels, and ensuring diverse voices in the collection. Her personal passions include hiking, reading, and cooking. She lives in Denver with her wife Amanda and cats Hazel, Vinny, and Chewie and dogs Max and Professor Plum.

Monica has worked for the Denver Public Library for nearly 7 years. She has been a part of the Collection Maintenance Team since its start in 2013 and later became a Collection Maintenance Buddy to assist other branches in completing their maintenance work. Monica loves generating reports, and is a known resource for helping branches gather collection data. When she isn’t weeding, Monica spends her time performing Baby Storytime (with ukulele) and answering reference questions at the Park Hill Branch library.