“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” The Art of Decluttering and Organizing Library Collections

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Amy Limpitlaw
Michelle Spomer
Suzanne Estelle-Holmer


“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” recalls Marie Kondo's 2014 influential book of the same name, from which we took our inspiration.  The panelists discussed how "tidying up" parts of their collections, while in some ways a daunting process, is nevertheless a worthwhile and important endeavor for libraries. Each panelist included a summary of what part of the collection needed tidying, how they undertook the process, and what were the results of the process. The parts of the library collection considered in this presentation specifically were periodical subscriptions, reference works, and standing orders for book series. 


[1] Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2014).

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Panel Discussions
Author Biographies

Amy Limpitlaw, Boston University School of Theology

Head Librarian

Michelle Spomer, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Donald G. Miller Librarian and Director of the Clifford E. Barbour Library

Suzanne Estelle-Holmer, Yale Divinity School

Associate Director for Research, Collections and Access