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1 Weeding with the CREW Method Belinda Boon Texas State Library and Archives Commission

2 Weeding (culling, deselection) The process of removing books and other materials that are: n In dilapidated physical condition n Contain outdated or inaccurate information n Do not fit into the scope of the librarys collection

3 The CREW Method n C ontinuous n R eview n E valuation n W eeding

4 Reasons for Weeding n To save SPACE n To save TIME n To make the collection MORE APPEALING

5 Reasons for Weeding n To enhance the librarys reputation for realiability and up-to- datedness

6 Reasons for Weeding n To provide a continuous check on the NEED FOR REPAIRS n To provide feedback on the collections STRENGTHS and WEAKNESSES

7 Obstacles to Weeding n Procrastination n Staff resistance n Negative reactions of users and administration n Reluctance to admit selection mistakes

8 Obstacles to Weeding n Time consuming n Cost n Sacred quality of books n FEAR n Anything is better than nothing

9 Before Weeding n Evaluate the collection n Become familiar with the librarys materials selection policy n Become familiar with goals for the collection

10 Other Considerations n Librarys role in the community n Needs and demands of users

11 Other Considerations n How a particular item relates to others on the same subject n Available Funds

12 Other Considerations n Cooperative agreements with other libraries n Library considered an archive or local history center? n Relying on ILL for discards

13 What to Weed n Books and materials of poor content n Books and materials of poor appearance n Unused materials

14 What to Weed n Topics no longer within the priorities of the collection

15 What to Weed n The MUSTIE Guidelines M = M isleading U = U gly S = S uperseded T = T rivial I = I rrelevant E =May be obtained E lsewhere

16 Weeding Criteria (all materials) n Date/Author n Publisher n Physical Condition n Additional copies

17 Weeding Criteria (all materials) n Shelf-time n Replacement expense n Relevance to the community n Other resources available

18 Weeding Criteria (Juvenile & YA) n Format n Reading level n Current interest in subject matter n Jacket art/ illustrations

19 Weeding Criteria (Periodicals) n Current Use n Available indexing n Available space n Alternate formats (e.g., online databases)

20 Do Not Weed n Local history n Works by local authors n Works with local settings

21 Do Not Weed n Volumes of sets and series with special merit n Older reference works augmented by (not superceded by) later editions

22 Weeding Responsibility n The library media specialist makes the final judgment on what will be weeded.

23 Steps for Weeding (Before) n Make weeding a part of policy n Read shelves n Check the librarys holdings (inventory)

24 Steps for Weeding (During) n Gather usage statistics n Gather weeding tools n Examine the collection item by item n Check standard indexes

25 Steps for Weeding (After) n Treat books according to their slips n Order replacements n Promote with displays n Incorporate weeding into routine

26 Weeding Childrens Materials Types of Materials nJuvenile Fiction nYoung Adult Fiction nPicture Books (easy readers) nNonfiction

27 Weeding Childrens Materials Other Considerations nSimplified Classics (abridgements) nSeries Books nOlder Titles nTravel and Geography nScience, Medicine and Inventions nText Books

28 Weeding Childrens Materials n Limited budgets make it impossible to develop extensive childrens collections n Concentrate on best books lists featured in library literature

29 Weeding Reference Materials Considerations nOlder editions may be weeded when superceded nMaterials should be periodically evaluated nDifferent replacement schedules

30 Weeding Reference Materials Types of Materials nAlmanacs nDictionaries nDirectories nAtlases nHandbooks nIndexes

31 Weeding Nonbook Materials Types of Materials nArt Prints nFilmstrips nVideocassettes nAudiocassettes nBook/Tape Sets nCD-ROMs nComputer Disks

32 What to do with Weeded Materials n Rebind n Mend n Replace n Promote

33 What to do with Weeded Materials Disposal Methods nSell nDonate nTrade nRecycle nDestroy

34 Other Weeding Issues n Time Frames/Frequency n Sharing the Process n SUNLINK Weed-of-the-Month Club (






40 Other Weeding Issues n Training and Education Arizona State Library -CD Module ( Idahos Alternative Basic Education (ABLE) Program (




44 Start weeding today! Its NEVER too late!

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