Collection Evaluation and Weeding

100's Philosophy & Psychology

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Focus & Justification

The non-fiction section of the media center is one area that needs constant attention. Material becomes outdated very quickly, yet students are now required to read more non-fiction pieces under the newly titled Georgia Standards of Excellence (formally known as Common Core Standards). The 100 section, Philosophy & Psychology, is an area in which many of the books available do not meet the needs or requirements for the Middle School state standards. Therefore, the need to "weed" these books is ever more important.

Evaluation: Use of Data

The 100's section contains a total of 42 non-fiction informational books. In this main class of the Dewey Decimal system, only three "hundred divisions" are available in the HMS Media Center. Those divisions are Parapsychology & Occultism (130), Psychology (150), and Ethics (170). Harlem Middle started using the Destiny system in 2007-2008. All data and reports will reflect the time period of 2007-2015. After running copy status and history reports for each book and section, the data was then disseminated in the following ways: earliest publication year, most recent publication year, average publication year, total number of check-outs per book, and most recent check-out date per book.



130 - Parapsychology & Occultism


Total # of books: 8

Earliest Pub. Date: 1978

Most Recent Pub. Date: 1994

Average Pub. Date: 1989


150 - Psychology

Total # of books: 25

Earliest Pub. Date: 1978

Most Recent Pub. Date: 2013

Average Pub. Date: 1992


170 - Ethics

Total # of books: 9

Earliest Pub. Date: 1985

Most Recent Pub. Date: 2009

Average Pub. Date: 1991

Number Of Times Each Book Was Checked Out

By Title
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Most Recent Check Out Date

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Evaluation: Curricular Needs

Over half of the books in this selection do not apply to any standard in the middle school curriculum. Although many of these titles are outdated, some of them continue to be checked out by students for "pleasure" or "interest" reading (i.e. Ghost Stories, and Chicken Soup for the Soul). Three books in this section apply to the 8th grade Georgia History standards while only five books apply to the Health Standards for 6th-8th grade. While there are no "standards" for our Counselor, there are nine books that could be used while working with students for specific needs (i.e. anger management, stress, being a popular person, becoming a teenager). Even though 40% of this section could be used to support the curriculum, the material alone is outdated. Once this section is weeded of the material that is not related to the standards, it will create valuable space for material that will enhance student learning.

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Books to Weed

After reviewing the data and the guidelines from the CCBOE Media Manual, I applied the following criteria to "weed" out a total of 19 books.

1. The book has not circulated(checked-out) since 2007.

2. The book has been checked out in the past five years, but with little circulation(three times or less).

3. Published before 2001.

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Disposal of Weeded Books

Policy and Procedures for discarded items can be found in the Columbia County School System Media Manual Handbook.


Suggested guidelines for weeding the 100's section

1. Value is determined by use

2. Most "un"-scholarly works are useless after ten years


Summary of "Discard Procedures for Materials Identified as Weeds"

1. In some instances, parts of discarded titles may be ―recycled.

2. Black out call numbers on the spines of print materials, remove all school

identification, and stamp ―"DISCARD" across title pages.

3. Delete discarded items from the computer database.

4. Run a report of deleted items.

5. Purge deleted items. Media Specialist have three choices:

a. Allow teachers to choose discarded books for their classrooms if desired.

b. They can be given to students. Consider whether the information is still

accurate and modern.

c. They can be discarded, preferably when textbooks are picked up each year. If they

cannot be picked up at that time, they can be donated or trashed.

**In no cases may books be sold**

Action Plan

According to the policy and procedures set by the CCBOE, books are to be offered to students and teachers first. Because of the nature of the titles that are being weeded, I do not believe that giving them to students is the best option. I will offer the books that focus on psychology to the counselors first, to use as supplementary resources when working with students. The other books that are weeded will be used in our maker-space room for student artwork and projects.

Shannon Moore FRIT 7332