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Trends in Libraries‟ Retention and Weeding of Government Documents.

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  • College And University Libraries/Space Problems
  • Depository Libraries/Finance
  • Depository Libraries/North Carolina
  • Discarding Of Books
  • Periodicals
  • Etc
  • Government Publications/Conservation And Restoration
  • Surveys/Depository Libraries
  • Surveys/Documents Librarians
  • Surveys/Space Problems Of Libraries
  • Design
  • Political Science


North Carolina‟s 33 Federal Depositories have been weeding printed government docu-ments at an increasing rate. This paper details an online survey of librarians in charge of federal documents in North Carolina libraries, designed to investigate some of the factors affecting weeding in government document collections. The respondents reported in-creases in weeding over the past two years, with additional increases expected over the next five years. Reasons for weeding include decreasing available space, decreasing budgets for government document employees, and decreasing reliance on printed mate-rials.

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