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Summer Wee(p)ding Begins

Summer officially begins tomorrow, and for some, so will the weeding of the library collection. But why is weeding such a sore point for some but for others it’s a rejuvenation?

Norm Parry wrote, (in an article, Small Public Libraries Can Serve Big) "Here you must follow the example of the farmer. If you don't weed frequently and well, the "good" will be choked out by the "bad." Don't let your library collection lie fallow on the shelves. After X years, discard unread item." It may hurt like the dickens, and it may make you feel like Scrooge, but if you want to keep your collection fresh and active, weed often, weed deep."

On another note, if a school library doesn’t have a librarian, who then is responsible for the weeding process?

More helpful links:
ALA – Weeding Library Collections: A Selected Annotated Bibliography for Library Collection Evaluation
Library Services – Provides guidelines for deselection
Weeding in Libraries – A partial index of ‘what’s out there’

 

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