For those outside of the library world, weeding is tedious work done in a yard or garden. In a library, weeding describes the tedious work involved with keeping a collection accurate, current, and relevant for patrons. To do this, items in the library collection must be systematically reviewed to determine whether they need to be removed or replaced. Mrs. Lukkarinen and I decided last year when we started working together that we wanted to make it a priority to thoroughly weed our entire collection. We decided to start with the most difficult section, our non-fiction collection. Here are a few photos that show our progress so far.
We have already noticed an increase in non-fiction circulation, in part because our new book displays are catching our student’s attention, and in part because the old, outdated resources are no longer overpowering the current, quality selections. While we have removed most of the very oldest and most out of date items, we will need to revisit this section over the next few years as our budget permits to replace some resources with newer and better editions. We have been very fortunate to have a media practicum student, Kate, who has taken on the remainder of the non-fiction project. Her displays are really eye-catching, and she is working diligently to make sure that the books are grouped appropriately by section. Mrs. Lukkarinen and I will move on to fiction next week as Kate completes that last few sections of non-fiction.