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  • 1. Collection Evaluation and Weeding, OR
  • 2. We are NOT the Museum of the Book! Double-click to enter text
  • 3. A definition Removing items from the collection based on specific criteria. Our physical and virtual collections must be dynamic and current.
  • 4. Double-click to enter Packed shelves and dead links are NOT what our users want to see.
  • 5. Why Evaluate and Weed? Save time Save space Learn about your collection‘s strengths and weaknesses Ensure access to CURRENT, ACCURATE and RELEVANT information|
  • 6. Having something is NOT always better than having nothing!
  • 7. Collection Evaluation  Use Your Data!  Circulation Data  Age of Items  User Ratings (especially for collections curated with tools like Scoop.it)  Curriculum Alignment  Big changes from CCGPS adoption  Check student reference lists/bibliographies—did their sources come from your library?
  • 8. MUSTY Misleading (No more Reagan as the current president!) Ugly (Visual inspection) Superseded (No more 1999 Guinness Book of World Records!) Trivial (Biography of Mark McGwire anybody?) Your collection
  • 9. The Fears Too busy Books are sacred Might be needed by somebody, sometime Numbers—current rules do NOT require this! Admitting a selection mistake Destruction of public property
  • 10. What about...  Classics  Ok to keep but check for newer, more appealing editions  School history--Keep  Local history--Keep  Textbooks--Discard
  • 11. The really big issue
  • 12. Options o Give to teachers for classroom use (really?) o Donate items to others o Book sale o Recycle Before you do anything check your school/district policy and check with your administration!