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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The process of removing books and other materials that are: In dilapidated physical condition Contain outdated or inaccurate information Do not fit into the scope of the library’s collection

3 The CREW Method Continuous Review Evaluation Weeding

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

5 Reasons for Weeding To enhance the library’s reputation for realiability and up-to-datedness

6 Reasons for Weeding To provide a continuous check on the NEED FOR REPAIRS To provide feedback on the collection’s STRENGTHS and WEAKNESSES

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

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

9 Before Weeding Evaluate the collection
Become familiar with the library’s materials selection policy Become familiar with goals for the collection

10 Other Considerations Library’s role in the community
Needs and demands of users

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

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

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

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

15 What to Weed The MUSTIE Guidelines M = Misleading U = Ugly
S = Superseded T = Trivial I = Irrelevant E = May be obtained Elsewhere

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

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

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

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

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

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Older reference works augmented by (not superceded by) later editions

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

23 Steps for Weeding (Before)
Make weeding a part of policy Read shelves Check the library’s holdings (inventory)

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

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

26 Weeding Children’s Materials
Types of Materials Juvenile Fiction Young Adult Fiction Picture Books (easy readers) Nonfiction

27 Weeding Children’s Materials
Other Considerations Simplified Classics (abridgements) Series Books Older Titles Travel and Geography Science, Medicine and Inventions Text Books

28 Weeding Children’s Materials
Limited budgets make it impossible to develop extensive children’s collections Concentrate on “best books” lists featured in library literature

29 Weeding Reference Materials
Considerations Older editions may be weeded when superceded Materials should be periodically evaluated Different replacement schedules

30 Weeding Reference Materials
Types of Materials Almanacs Dictionaries Directories Atlases Handbooks Indexes

31 Weeding Nonbook Materials
Types of Materials Art Prints Filmstrips Videocassettes Audiocassettes Book/Tape Sets CD-ROMs Computer Disks

32 What to do with Weeded Materials
Rebind Mend Replace Promote

33 What to do with Weeded Materials
Disposal Methods Sell Donate Trade Recycle Destroy

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






40 Other Weeding Issues Training and Education
Arizona State Library -CD Module ( Idaho’s Alternative Basic Education (ABLE) Program (




44 Start weeding today! It’s NEVER too late!

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