Weeding Not Just for Gardens


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  • 1. Weeding (also known as deselection) is an essential, though difficult, element of collection developmentEvery library’s print collection is limited by the space available to house it, and collections should change over time to reflect changes in the community, sciences, and world and in the library’s goalsWeeding is a periodic or continual evaluation of resources intended to remove items that are no longer useful from the collection
  • time should be spent learning the school’s curriculum so that useful books are not discarded – seek help from teachers, consultant
  • Subjective weeding- the librarian knows what is in the collection, the needs of the patrons (curriculum and interests), and the uses of the materials
  • Objective Weeding - the librarian follows specific guidelines for weeding.
  • Continuous Review, Evaluation and Weeding
  • Be discrete!Typically, when materials are weeded to maintain a healthy library collection, the materials are not usually worth keeping anywhere in the school. Most weeded materials should be destroyed. Sometimes they are recycled or sold. In any of these instances, you should act discreetly. Your weeding may be perceived as wasteful by the public so be prepared to defend your decisions.Avoid problems by Sending information home first
  • Weeding Not Just for Gardens

    1. 1. Deselection: To Weed or Not to Weed?• Library collections must reflect changes in the community, sciences, the world and in the library/school/divisional goals• Essential and difficult part of collection development• Periodic or continual evaluation of resources• Creates space for new resources• Ensures that resources are useful and accessible
    2. 2. Obstacles to Weeding• Procrastination• Reluctance to admit selection mistakes• Staff/parental resistance• Time consuming• Fear(http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/consulting/cemanager/crew.ppt)
    3. 3. Who’s Who in Weeding Teacher-librarianConsultant/ Library Tech/Coordinator Teachers Aide Administrator
    4. 4. Why Weed?• Sexist, racist, outdated and inaccurate materials• More appealing collection• Patron accessibility• More reliable information• Save space• Enhance library reputation• Check for needed repairs• Identify strengths & weaknesses• Present a better case for a budget increase(http://www.iema-ia.org/IEMA209.html) (http://www.doug-johnson.com/dougwri/weed.html
    5. 5. When to WeedAccording to Information Power• Ongoing process• Not recommended for brand new TLs• Part of the inventory process• Implemented as part of a three-year cycle
    6. 6. What to Weed: Subjective WeedingCriteria:• Poor physical condition• Poor format• Poor content• Inappropriate for collection
    7. 7. What to Weed: Objective WeedingCriteria:• Age of the item• Circulation history of the item• Accuracy of information• Duplicates
    8. 8. MUSTYAcronym for guidance in weeding books: MUSTY M -misleading (factually inaccurate) U -ugly (beyond repair) S -superseded (newer edition or better title) T -trivial (no merit) Y -your collection has no use for it (irrelevant)
    9. 9. Weeding WebsitesHelpful websites in determining what to weed:• The CREW Guidelines for Weeding Your Collection• PTSD Cycle of Service
    10. 10. What Not to Weed• Local history / authors• Unusual illustrations/well known artists• Special merit/award books• Annuals/yearbooks• Items that may circulate under different classification• Reference materials not outdated by other materials• Out of print but still useful
    11. 11. De-processing Add to the Collection Remove from the CollectionTake the book from the box Take book from shelfRecord its arrival in the school Remove from catalogueStamp with a school /library Mark across barcode/removestamp book pocketPlace barcodes and/or book Stamp “discard” over schoolpockets stamp markAdd information to catalogue Record its removal from the collectionShelve Place in a box for disposal
    12. 12. Discarding Books• Classroom libraries – good quality, duplicates• Divisional policy on: – Donating – Selling – Discarding / Recycling
    13. 13. These are a Few of My Favourite Weeds…• Journalism for Today – 1972• Alcoholism: A Manual for Students and Practitioners - Williams, Lincoln 1956• You and Your Camera - Hawken, William R. 1973• Words of Science, and the History Behind Them - Asimov, Isaac, 1959• Storms - Lehr, Paul E. 1966• Vanishing Peoples of the Earth. 1968• Italy, the Land and Its People - Leech, Michael. 1974