Attack Your Collection: Weeding with CREW


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This is a presentation for a weeding workshop I do for school libraries called Attack Your Collection. It's based on an easy weeding method called CREW, from the Texas State Library & Archives Commission.

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Attack Your Collection: Weeding with CREW

  1. 1. Weeding with Updated CREW Presented by Dawn Vogler Attack Your Collection
  2. 2. Be Weeding Tigers! (or Tigresses) <ul><li>Take charge of your collection </li></ul><ul><li>Change your attitude towards weeding </li></ul><ul><li>Get intimate with your collection </li></ul><ul><li>Make it fierce for your customers! </li></ul>
  3. 3. ROAR! The Attitude
  4. 4. Weeding….huh? <ul><li>A process for removing books that no longer fit within the collection guidelines, are in poor condition or are outdated. </li></ul><ul><li>(or in teen speak- take out what sucks) </li></ul>
  5. 5. CREW That Collection <ul><li>Continuous </li></ul><ul><li>Review </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Weeding </li></ul>Selection, Cataloging, Circulation and Reference, then CREW
  6. 6. Ranganathan Ranganathan is considered the father of library science ... in India.
  7. 7. 5 Laws of Library Science <ul><li>Books are for use (not storage!) </li></ul><ul><li>Every reader his (or her) book. </li></ul><ul><li>Every book its reader. </li></ul><ul><li>Save the time of the reader. </li></ul><ul><li>A library is a growing organism </li></ul>
  8. 8. 80/20 Rule or Pareto Principle <ul><li>20% of your books are responsible for 80% of your circulation </li></ul>
  9. 9. Books, in and of themselves, are not sacred objects. Libraries exist to make information available, not to warehouse unused books. -Jeanette Larson, SLM Program Workshop on Collection Development
  10. 10. Weeders – you know who you are <ul><li>You like to save space </li></ul><ul><li>You like to save time </li></ul><ul><li>You like it pretty </li></ul><ul><li>You like it fresh and now </li></ul><ul><li>You like to keep things interesting </li></ul><ul><li>You want to know your library like the back of your hand </li></ul>
  11. 11. Non-Weeders (tsk, tsk!) <ul><li>“ I hate dealing with my staff when it comes to weeding.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m a packrat.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ If my principal sees me throwing away books…..” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I can’t admit that was probably not a wise purchase.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It’s not a priority. I don’t need the space.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I know some student will adore this book just like I did when I was her/his age.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It’s on my long list of things to do.” </li></ul>
  12. 12. Excuses-Excuses <ul><li>“ I bought this book” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It’s won awards!” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Someone might need it – someday !” </li></ul><ul><li>“ So and so donated it” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I loved this book!” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Mr. Schneebly taught this book back in 2000.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The kids need these classics!” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I don’t have a lot of non-fiction.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ We need to have X books in the collection.” </li></ul><ul><li>I have no budget to buy new books.” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Before You Attack
  14. 14. Review Your Collection Development Policy <ul><li>Pay particular attention to: </li></ul><ul><li>Selection criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>De-selection criteria </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discard information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>District policies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Standards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum updates </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Let staff involved read the policy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do you have any goals for the collection? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Get a Visual <ul><li>Take a close look at the library noting: </li></ul><ul><li>cluttered areas </li></ul><ul><li>books shelved too high and low </li></ul><ul><li>merchandised areas? </li></ul><ul><li>new books </li></ul><ul><li>items that look shabby right away </li></ul>
  16. 16. Inventory and Stats <ul><li>Usage stats </li></ul>
  17. 17. Figuring Out What to Weed (MUSTIE) <ul><li>1. M isleading/Inaccurate </li></ul><ul><li>2. U gly (Condition) </li></ul><ul><li>3. Superseded /New edition/Outdated information </li></ul><ul><li>4. T rivial (No longer of interest) </li></ul><ul><li>5. I rrelevant (Likelihood for future use in your school) </li></ul><ul><li>6. Available E lsewhere (district library, ILL, public library) </li></ul><ul><li>7. Unnecessary duplicates </li></ul><ul><li>8. No circulation </li></ul><ul><li>9. Any others? </li></ul><ul><li>10. </li></ul>
  18. 18. To Weed or Not To Weed? <ul><li>Date/Author Publisher </li></ul><ul><li>Condition Any more copies? </li></ul><ul><li>Circulation stats Expense to replace </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance to curriculum Similar resources? </li></ul><ul><li>Format Reading level </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrations </li></ul><ul><li>Can you take all these into consideration and remain sane? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Quick & Dirty <ul><li>De-dupe and keep only enough copies to meet normal demand </li></ul><ul><li>Lose books in obvious poor condition </li></ul><ul><li>Lose books without pretty covers that attract attention </li></ul><ul><li>Remove older single title authors </li></ul><ul><li>One book wonders! </li></ul><ul><li>Obscure or ephemeral titles </li></ul><ul><li>Knockoffs of popular authors (Series of Unfortunate Events) </li></ul><ul><li>Lesser works of authors who have died </li></ul><ul><li>Minor author/poet collections </li></ul><ul><li>Series books when titles are missing </li></ul><ul><li>Simplified/abridged classics </li></ul>
  20. 20. Sacred Cows <ul><li>Volumes of sets and series with special merit </li></ul><ul><li>Older reference works augmented by (not superceded by) later editions </li></ul>
  21. 21. Weaknesses <ul><li>Picture books </li></ul><ul><li>Classics </li></ul><ul><li>Reference </li></ul><ul><li>What are yours? </li></ul>
  22. 22. Clean Up <ul><li>Disposal Methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sell </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Donate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recycle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Destroy </li></ul></ul>