This was originally presented on April 23 and 24 2012 at the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) Spring Conference. It is based on the findings of the author's original paper of the same name.


The objective of this presentation is to give librarians with limited resources tips and resources on updating, promoting and displaying their fiction collections for some of their most reluctant readers – boys. I plan on talking about my case study that was used in my thesis for my Ed.S. in Human Services, Learning Resources from the University of Central Missouri. 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 will be presented. I plan on presenting the results from my study, giving usable tips for encouraging and getting boys to read, and having time for audience discussion and sharing.

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Conference Handout