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1 Bulding on essentials! 16 October 2006 Stocktaking and Weeding Secret library business or essential collection development activities? Renate Beilharz

2 Secret Library Business Library is closed for stocktaking No perceivable outcome to the average user Weeding is rarely done flamboyantly Weeded items are hidden from staff Lack of understanding of the purpose of these activities

3 Collection Development Policy Purpose of the collection Type of material in the collection Selection criteria and processes Budgeting policy Weeding criteria Stocktaking processes Dealing with controversial material

4 Purpose of a School Library Collection Reflect needs of the users Support and enrich the curriculum Encourage and develop a love of reading To be accessible to all users

5 A school library collection needs to be: Relevant Accessible Attractive Stocktaking and weeding are complementary activities necessary for achieving these goals

6 Stocktaking objectives Ensure that the database reflects the actual collection Identify errors in cataloguing and processing Identify areas which have losses Identify areas of strength and weakness for ongoing collection development

7 Other purposes of stocktake Each resource is handled at least once a year Perfect ordering resources Identify misplaced items Tidying the shelves Check links for electronic Resources Finds the books that havent been checked in correctly

8 You want to do what??? ony.html ony.html

9 Stocktaking – Positive PR Write a Collection Development Policy, including stocktaking Talk to the school community about the reasons for stocktaking Consider alternative ways to stocktake that do not involved closing completely Involve members of the school community in the process where practical

10 Hints for stress free stocktaking Read the manual Check the equipment and clarify the physical processes Run a trial stocktake of a small collection Ensure that processes are clearly documented and understood by staff Decide which collections are to be stocktaken

11 More hints Make a check list of collections and tasks Take the time to shelf read, this will help when dealing with anomalies Leave enough time to rectify anolmalies Be realistic in what you can get done in the time allocated – you dont have to do all collections each year Enjoy the task, it can be rewarding

12 After stocktaking Run all relevant reports and final procedures Make sure you change the status of missing items Create a written report for administration and staff Celebrate another job well done

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14 Weeding objectives To have a collection that is – Current – Relevant – Attractive and presentable To give an accurate picture of the quality of the collection To make room for new resources It does not matter how many books you may have, but whether they are good or not. Lucius Annaceus Senecca

15 Weed! Small, but high quality collections are infinitely better. And this is why. Continuous, thoughtful weeding: Rids your collections of sexist, racist and just plain inaccurate materials. Makes the good stuff easier to find and more appealing. Sends the message that the library may not be adequately funded.

16 Weeding criteria - MUSTIE M isleading – factually inaccurate U gly – worn beyond mending S uperseded – new edition or better information T rivial – no literary or scientific merit I rrelevant – to needs of school E lsewhere – material easily borrowed or available from another source

17 Weeding criteria - Quantative Borrowing statistics – Usage over a period of time Date of publication – Item older than a certain date

18 Excuses not to weed A large collection looks good I hate throwing things away If I pulled everything off that should go, I wouldnt have a collection left My principal/teachers wont let me weed I havent the funds to replace discarded items

19 Weed! Poorly weeded collections are not the sign of poor budgets but of poor librarianship. Period. Only two things can happen if library material replacement budgets are inadequate. The collection ages if the librarian does not weed. The collection gets smaller if the librarian does weed. Thats it.

20 Weed! Whether fortunate or unfortunate, many people regard books as sacred objects and have difficulty throwing them away. An industrial arts teacher at Evelyns school glares at me to this day, claiming he hurt his back climbing out of the dumpster into which I had thrown away some perfectly good books. What he did not understand and we need to remember is that it is not books that are sacred, but the thoughts, inspiration, and accurate information they contain.

21 Weeding – positive PR Including weeding criteria in your Collection Development Policy Talk to the school community, keep good examples of weeded items to show Involve relevant staff, using their expertise in specialist areas Use the opportunity to identify and advertise under utilised resources, and promote newly purchased material

22 Hassle free weeding Decide on clear, justifiable criteria Dont try to weed your whole collection at once – do a little at a time Get the support of at least one other staff member Do it in secret under the cover of a dark moon, destroying all evidence as you go

23 Helpful hints Discard old editions of texts immediately Be sure to weed AV material Check online content of sites to ensure relevance and currency If in doubt about a subject area, weed with teachers

24 After weeding If unsure about some items, have someone else check them Remember to delete records from the catalogue Stamp the items DISCARDED or WEEDED Remove any circulation stationary Keep a record of number of discards

25 Getting rid of an item Donate it Recycle it Sell it Discard it

26 Fun with weeding If it isn't clean, it will be thrown away If it doesn't look good, it will be thrown away if it can't be managed, it will be thrown away If it is abused, it will be thrown away If it can't be identified, it will be thrown away If it has no use, it will be thrown away If it needs batteries, it will be thrown away If it needs bulbs, it will be thrown away If it needs a manual, it will be thrown away If it's operation isn't inherently obvious, it will be thrown away If it was a gift from a faculty member who hasn't been seen since, it will be thrown away if it was a gift from the principal, keep it. Lamb, Annette and Larry Johnson 2005, Collection maintenance and weeding

27 Future RFID tags Shelf reading, shelving, sorting, searching, weeding

28 Resources Baumbach, Donna J. and Linda L.. Miller 2006, Less is more: a practical guide to weeding school library collections, American Library Association, Chicago. Johnson, Doug 2003, Weed! Lamb, Annette and Larry Johnson 2005, Collection maintenance and weeding Punshon, Marianne (ed.) 2006 Managing for learning: issues for primary school libraries, SLAV, Carlton, Vic. The SLAV website has links to many relevant sites related to this topc.www.slav.schools.net.au


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