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Weeding 101. Dr. Donna Baumbach University of Central Florida (retired to NC!) baumbach@mail.ucf.edu. Thanks!. For the invitation For your patience For answering the questions on the discussion boards For your participation tonight. Congrats, Dr. Matzen!.

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weeding 101

Weeding 101

Dr. Donna Baumbach

University of Central Florida

(retired to NC!)

baumbach@mail.ucf.edu

thanks
Thanks!
  • For the invitation
  • For your patience
  • For answering the questions on the discussion boards
  • For your participation tonight
congrats dr matzen
Congrats, Dr. Matzen!
  • Collection Development courses frequently do NOT cover weeding
  • Collection Development policies frequently do not mention weeding
weeding is
Weeding is…
  • …an essential part of collection development.
  • …selection in reverse.
  • …de-selection.
  • …separating the wheat from the chaff.
  • …critical to a healthy collection of print and non print materials.
why weed
Why Weed?
  • Professional responsibility
    • Collections are the heart of what we do
  • Dangerous/misleading information
  • “Facts” change
  • Improved appearance of library and shelves
  • More appealing to users
  • “Good stuff” stands out
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Why Weed?
  • Get to know the collection better
    • Discover “new” resources
    • Discover “holes”
  • Discover errors in shelving or cataloging
  • Discover items that need repair or promotion
  • Balance (fair and honest)
excuses
Excuses
  • I have the largest collection…
  • The LMS before me never weeded…
  • If I throw it away, someone will need it…
  • We need it to meet the accreditation standards…
  • If I got rid of everything that needed to go, I wouldn’t have anything left…
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Excuses
  • My principal won’t let me…
  • People would think I’m wasting money…
  • If I throw it away, someone will need it…
  • I’m not an expert in “that” topic…
  • I don’t have time…
  • We don’t have money to replace what we weed…
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Excuses
  • I might make a mistake…
  • I might throw away something really valuable….
  • My collection is brand new…
  • Weeding will show I’ve made mistakes in purchasing…
  • I don’t know where to start….
  • I don’t know how…
obvious weeds
Obvious Weeds
  • Items that haven’t been circulated
  • Items that have circulated too much
  • Titles that don’t fit the curriculum or current areas of interest
  • Outdated info, images, formats
  • Stereotypes
  • Better info available in other formats
  • Multiple copies are available
  • Worn, damaged, ugly, moldy, smelly, etc.
weed with caution
Weed with Caution
  • Materials with local interest or history
  • Works of historical significance: classics, award winners
  • Expensive titles
  • Special titles for cooperatives
  • Titles listed in current selection tools
favorite trick
Favorite Trick
  • Search titles by keywords and, if possible, dates:
    • Modern
    • Today
    • Contemporary
    • Current
    • New

America Votes: Things You Should Know About Elections Today (1976)

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Favorite Trick
  • Search titles by keywords and, if possible, dates:
    • Modern
    • Today
    • Contemporary
    • Current
    • New

Now in Mexico (1947)

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Favorite Trick
  • Search titles by keywords and, if possible, dates:
    • Modern
    • Today
    • Contemporary
    • Current
    • New
    • Now

Flying Saucers Here and Now (1967)

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Favorite Trick
  • Search titles by keywords and, if possible, dates:
    • Modern
    • Today
    • Contemporary
    • Current
    • New

Today’s Heroes in Sports (1970)

where i come from
Where I Come From:
  • 1987
  • Early automation projects
  • Florida’s state union database of school library media holdings: SUNLINK
  • Selection criteria for participation
  • http://www.sunlink.ucf.edu
sunlink
SUNLINK
  • http://www.sunlink.ucf.edu
  • 1,939,230 titles
  • 2,841 schools (K-12)
  • 67 districts in the state of Florida
  • Reading/interest levels
  • Cataloged educational web sites
  • Book cover images
  • Digital images and streaming video
  • First K-12 union on the WWW
age of collection data
Age of Collection Data
  • http://www.sunlink.ucf.edu/collection/
  • THEN (1987):
    • 60% of collections were more than 30 years old
  • 2003-21% pre-1980 and 51% pre-1990
    • Average AOC 1983
    • Fiction/Non-Fiction/Total
  • NOW (2007):
    • Almost 1/2 published in last 10 years
    • Less than 10% over 30 years old
sunlink s weed of the month
SUNLINK’s Weed of the Month
  • LM_Net Collaboration
  • Weed a little at a time…
  • 1997 to 2005
  • Over 100 topics
  • Archives @ http://www.sunlink.ucf.edu/weed/
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WOM
  • Rationale for weeding the topic
  • Dewey numbers to check
  • Specific criteria for weeding
  • Examples of titles to be weeded
  • Suggestions for titles to be added
    • (later changed to tips for replacing titles)
for example folktales
For example: Folktales
  • Rationale:
    • “timeless?”
  • Dewey:
    • 398 and 900s (travel and geography) and 745 (decorative arts) Don’t forget nonprint materials
  • Specific thing to look for:
    • Ethnic, religious, gender bias
    • Illustrations and eye appeal
    • Not appropriate to age level
    • Do not contribute to a positive world view
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For example: Folktales
  • Reconsider:
    • African Folktales (filmstrip) - 1970
    • Arab Folktales - 1986
    • Complete Book of Indian Craft and Lore - 1954
    • Modern Greek Folktales - 1965
    • Stories from Old Russia - 1964
    • We Always Lie to Strangers: Tall Tales from the Ozarks - 1951
  • Tips for replacements:
    • Add titles that increase global awareness
    • Think about countries in the news today
    • Help students understand other cultures
favorite weeding quotes
Favorite Weeding Quotes

“It does not matter how many books you may have, but whether they are good or not.”

  • Lucius Annaeus Senecca, Roman Philosopher
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Favorite Weeding Quotes

“You can’t teach today’s students with yesterday’s materials and expect them to have success tomorrow.”

  • Poster in Teacher Librarian, April 1999
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Favorite Weeding Quotes

“Weed. I’m not telling you again.”

  • Doug Johnson, Mankato (MN) District School
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Favorite Weeding Quotes

“Poorly weeded collections are not the sign of poor budgets, but of poor librarianship. Period.”

  • Doug Johnson
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Favorite Weeding Quotes

“Git-R-Done!”

  • Larry the Cable Guy
your turn
Rationale

Dewey or LC numbers to examine

Specific criteria or things to consider

Titles (if access to online catalogs)

Replacements

Physical Fitness

9/11

Careers

Baseball

Cook Books

Diseases

Tobacco, Drug or Alcohol Education

Libraries & Librarians

Biographies

Jokes

Your Turn
i highly recommend
I highly recommend:
  • Less is More: A Practical Guide to Weeding School Libraries (ALA Editions, 2006)
    • ISBN: 0-8389-0919-1
see also

See also:

http://listmixer.com/list?acct_id=554

All links active as of 10/4/07