If You Build It (and Weed It and Promote It), They Will Come: Increasing Circulation of a Fiction Collection at an All-Boys High School


This case study of an all-boys high school library examined fiction collection circulation and methods of increasing book check-outs. The purpose of this study was to determine if weeding, collection improvement, and fiction placement and display are effective methods for increasing circulation of a fiction collection for teenage boys. Circulation and collection data were analyzed to provide assistance in weeding. Improving the collection through weeding and adding new titles increased circulation in the early years of the study. Circulation was further increased in the later years of the project through relocating the collection and promotional displays. Specific methods for weeding a fiction collection and connecting boys with fiction are presented.

This article was uploaded on September 27, 2011 to CENTRALspace, the electronic repository for the University of Central Missouri, created and maintained by the university's James C. Kirkpatrick Library.