Weeding the Groeschel Elementary School By: Alicia Groeschel
“Shelves need to look pleasant and invitingto the patrons. Patrons need to believethat they will find what they are lookingfor on the shelves. They do not want tohave to search for what they want.”
Weeding allows librarians: To evaluate their collection , to see what they truly have . To eliminate irrelevant information and copies of materials that are falling apart. To see whether the collection has all of the titles it needs to fulfill the needs of the patrons.
Milwaukee Public Libraries use a 5-year NoCirculation List. This gives libraries astarting point. The list is distributed twicea year and librarians must examine each ofthese titles to see if they are worthkeeping.
“Some materials are easier than others toweed. Diets and exercise materials gothrough fads. It’s easy to discard theoutdated materials. However, Yoga has andalways will stay the same.”
“We are not throwing away information.We are just recycling the paper. Throughweeding, we are giving way for the mostcurrent thought and information.”
Create a Collection Development Policy that allows forsystematic review of collections. The policy shouldstate a list of criteria with which the library staff canuse as a guide to weed the collection from.
Total Undesirables (titles superseded by new editions, titles known to be inaccurate) Likely Undesirables (titles lacking good illustration, having limited coverage, inadequate documentation) Possible Undesirables (titles with poorly written text, poorly reproduced graphics, poor translations)
Duplicates; Unsolicited and unwanted gifts; Obsolete books, especially science; Superseded editions; Books that are infested, dirty, shabby, worn out, juvenile; Books with small print, brittle paper, and missing pages; Unused, unneeded volumes of sets; and Periodicals with no indexes
Lack of time; Procrastination; Fear of making a mistake; Fear of adverse or embarrassing publicity; and Fear of being called a “book burner.”
To save space; To improve access; To save money; and To make room for new materials
Simple, easy to use shelves; The most current and up-to-date information; Well-kept and/or newer copies of books; All make for happy, satisfied patrons!