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Nobody is Going to Miss that Title

2012 North Dakota State Library Spring Workshop
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Eric Stroshane

on 2 August 2012

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Nobody is Going to Miss that Title "A good library is like a good haircut. It's not what you cut, it's what you leave."

(Anne Felix, CREW manual) "It is better to have worthless books in the trash than have trash on your shelves."

(Melissa Allen, Weed 'em and Reap) Our business is providing access to content,
it is not collecting things.

(cribbed from Holly Hibner) Less is more. Quantity does not equal quality. Empty shelves are better than
bad information. "Lack of funds to replace outdated or worn items is never an excuse for not weeding."

(CREW manual) Judge them by their covers. Your patrons do. Library Collection Life Cycle 1. Selection & Acquisition 2. Cataloging
& Processing 3. Circulation
& Reference Continuous
Review,
Evaluation,&
Weeding 4. Benefits of Weeding Saves space
Saves time
Enhances shelf appeal
Removes clutter What part of "continuous" do you not understand? Why Weed? When Should I Weed? Non-targeted incidental weeding during:
Circulation
Inventory
Shifting
Shelf reading

is fantastic, but... ...there is no subsitute for regularly scheduled dedicated weeding time.

Mark your calendar and make it known! How Do I Weed? 1. Have a Weeding or De-selection Policy



2. The CREW manual provides weeding guidelines, by Dewey range, age of materials, and last circulation



3. If you're automated, run reports for:
Circulation (lack thereof)
Publication date (distance from current)
Focus these by Dewey range and Collection



4. While you're pulling items meeting these criteria, look for other items on the shelf that are screaming out for withdrawal


5. If you're not operating solo, it may be part of your policy that other staff review the weeds


6. When you withdraw something from your collection, withdraw it from all applicable bibliographic databases What Do I Weed? Misleading and/or inaccurate Ugly and worn beyond hope Superseded by a newer edition or title Trivial without discernible value Irrelevant Elsewhere (in consortium, in-state, ILL) C
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D
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T Curriculum fit? Used? Damaged? Old? Interest level / reading level? Too many copies? Selected Print Resources Baumbach, Donna J. and Linda L. Miller. Less is More: a Practical Guide to Weeding School Library Collections. Chicago: American Library Association, 2006.
Hoffman, Frank W. and Richard J. Wood. Library Collection Development Policies: Academic, Public, and Special Libraries. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2005.
______. Library Collection Development Policies: School Libraries and Learning Resource Centers. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007. Selected Websites ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom: http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oif/ Selected Articles Allen, Melissa. "Weed 'em and Reap: the Art of Weeding to Avoid Criticism." Library Media Connection, v.28, no.6, May-June, 2010, p.32-33.
Scales, Pat. "When Weeding is Wrong: a Principal Asks for Banned Books to be Removed from the Collection." School Library Journal, v.55, iss.11, NOv., 2009, p.18.
Young, Diane J. "Get to Effective Weeding." Library Journal, v.134, iss.9, Nov. 15, 2009, p.36. M U S T I E Shedding Fiction Weeding Non-print Non-fiction Hall of Shame https://imgur.com/a/5LPzM#0 The CREW Method: Expanded Guidelines for Collection Evaluation and Weeding for Small and Medium-sized Public Libraries: http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/pubs/crew/ Awful Library Books: http://awfullibrarybooks.net/ Other Reasons to Weed? http://goo.gl/i2C4Y Any good policy must be:

Comprehensible
Approved by your board
Regularly reviewed and updated
Publicly available (on your website or distributable in print) General Guidelines Don't rebind fiction--paperbacks are affordable and book covers move fiction

Replace books in poor condition only if literary merit or circ. stats warrant; withdraw the rest

Do not replace older worn out titles by popular genre authors Easy Targets Older single title authors (except Harper Lee)

Obscure and older genre titles

Obscure foreign authors (consult the Fiction Core Collection for guidance)

Earlier and lesser works by dead folk

Series books when you're missing volumes (especially the first)

Duplicate copies of former bestsellers and book club titles Specialized Cases Adult Fiction
Withdraw titles that haven't circulated in 2 years
Withdraw series with missing volumes if the books do not stand alone
Replace worn copies of works of high literary merit with new editions (check the Fiction Core Collection)

Graphic Novels
Withdraw titles that have not circulated in 1 year
Replace worn copies of classics, such as Maus: a Survivor's Tale, with new editions

Easy Readers and Picture Books
Withdraw titles that have not circulated in 2 years
Withdraw titles with racial or gender bias

Children's Fiction (Chapter Books)
Withdraw award-winning titles that have not circulated in 3 years
Withdraw others that have not circulated in 2 years
Withdraw titles with biased or stereotypical views of gender, race, people with disabilities, or the elderly
Withdraw abridged and simplified classics

YA/Teen Fiction
Withdraw titles more than 3 years old
Withdraw titles that have not circulated in 2 years
Replace worn classics (Harry Potter) with new editions Obsolete formats (slides, filmstrips, magnetic tape cassettes, etc.): Excercise extreme prejudice

Conventional optical media should be replaced or withdrawn if chipped, cracked, warped, or deeply scratched

Music CDs: weed if it hasn't circulated in the last year

Audiobooks on CD: weed any fiction title that has not circulated in two years; weed non-fiction according to the guidelines used for print

DVD & Blu-ray titles: Weed if it has not circulated in the past year; replace damaged classics if circ. stats warrant

Puppets: Wait... puppets? Oh no! We're going to need tiny coffins! Whatcha got? Library Coffins (or what to do with the weeded) Iowa's DPI jokingly advocates that you:
Bag and tag for destruction
Put a few in each waste basket every day
Take them to the dump
Take them to another community's dump
Tear or break them up and put them in a waste basket
Box them up and send them to the superintendent
Store them until they are forgotten More practically, you could donate discards to organizations that can make a difference:
Your Friends of the Library book sale
BookProspector.com (online sales site for FoL groups)
The Prison Book Club (www.prisonbookprograms.org)
Local shelters, hospitals, or thrift stores
Better World Books (www.betterworldbooks.com)
Gotbooks.com
BookScouter.com (sell books by ISBN direct to used bookstores)

Or...
Start a giveaway table
Make book art
Recycle! Hidden Benefits of Weeding

Helps identify missing and stolen books
Gives constant feedback on collection strengths and weaknesses
Enhances your library's reputation
Providing access to reliable current information garners public trust
Authority is lent to books by their inclusion in libraries
Your authority is compromised when books aren't credible or they contain stereotypes or misinformation Barriers to Weeding Psychological
Institutional
Procedural
Judgmental Solutions Brainwashing
Adopting sound policies
Step-by-step routine
Guidelines from CREW
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