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Fairfax Libraries Chief to Speak on How Book Collections are Pruned

Edwin Clay, director of libraries for the Fairfax County Public Library system, will speak on how libraries determine which materials to include and which ones to remove from their collections in a lecture at CUA, where he teaches as an adjunct professor in the School of Library and Information Science. The Fairfax County Public Library system was in the news recently after a "Washington Post" article reported on the system's plans for removing titles from the library collection based on computer analysis of how often individual books were checked out.

WHAT:



"The Constant Gardener: Ruthless Weeding or Don't Let Us Be Misunderstood," a lecture by Edwin Clay, adjunct professor, School of Library and Information Science and director of libraries for the Fairfax County Public Library system.

WHEN:

3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15

WHERE:




The Catholic University of America
Information Commons, 132 Marist Hall
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

DETAILS:












Clay will discuss how libraries use complex formulas, computer data and staff expertise to determine what is and is not included in their collections.

The Fairfax County Public Library system, which Clay oversees, is the largest public library system in Virginia with eight regional libraries and 12 community branches. It serves more than 618,000 registered users and received more than 5.2 million visits in 2006.

Clay teaches "Libraries and Information in Society" and "Management of Libraries" at CUA.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information please contact David Shumaker at 202-319-5551 or visit http://slis.cua.edu/.

SPONSOR:

School of Library and Information Science

MEDIA: To cover the event, contact Katie Lee or Chris Harrison at 202-319-5600.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, harrisoc@cua.edu
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, leect@cua.edu