Weeding red flags

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Weeding red flags

  1. 1. Weeding Red Flags Poor Content • Outdated and/or obsolete (computers, law, science, space, health, technology, travel) • Trivial subject matter (outdated popular culture) • Mediocre writing style • Inaccurate or false information • Unused sets of books (keep used volumes if they meet local needs) • Repetitious series • Superseded editions • Resources not on standard lists or that weren’t reviewed • Materials that contain bias, racist, sexist terminology or views • Self-published or small press titles that are not circulating, especially those added as gifts Unused Materials • Non-circulating for 3-5 years • Duplicate copies no longer needed • Periodicals available full-text online • Former “Hot topics” that have cooled down • More books than needed on one topic • Formats no longer popular (VHS) • Material that is no longer important to the collection (curricula, demographics) Appearance • Worn out, or tattered • Poorly made to begin with • Dirty, marked up, warped, smelly, or damp • Scratched or damaged CDs/DVDs
  2. 2. How Often Between Systematic Reviews? Dewey Years 000 3 Biography 2 100 4 Fiction 2 200 5 Large Print 2 300 3 Paperbacks 1 400 5 Children’s 2 500 2 Young Adult 3 600 2 Scores 5 700 3 Media 2 800 5 Software 2 900 4

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