Collection Evaluation and Weeding

Literature 800 - 840 by Kelsey Kicklighter

Why Literature?

The standards for English Language Arts in Georgia call for students at the end of their grades to be able to "read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in [the grade they are completing's] text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range." They also have this standard for literary non-fiction. This section of the library is important to this standard because it provides the classics and collections of literature that aren't found anywhere else in the library. However, the section isn't used to its full potential.

As the Media Clerk at Islands High School, I am pretty hands on when it comes to the non-fiction section. We don't have a computer specifically dedicated to the online catalog, so often students will ask me when they want to look up something in non-fiction. I keep track of which sections are being used the most (Animals and Manga, hands down) and which are being used the least, which brings us back to literature.

The 800s are in a high-traffic location, so their lack of circulation isn't based on students not knowing that they are there. This section just seems to lack appeal for teachers and students alike. I was an English major in college, so this area holds a special place in my heart and I would love to revamp it and make it a more useful and appreciated section.

Data Evaluation

Islands High School is a relatively young school, being that it is only five years old. I ran each report based on the opening date of the high school, so the data presented shows a clear picture of how the section has been used since its start. I looked at the total number of items, the total number of circulations over the past five years, and the publication dates of these items.

The average publication date wasn't too bad, considering that this is not a section whose books go out of date quickly. But the lack of circulation is what really concerns me.


  • Total Items - 56
  • Total Circulation - 57
  • Average Publication Date - 2006


  • Total Items - 242
  • Total Circulation - 88
  • Average Publication Date - 2005


  • Total Items - 110
  • Total Circulation - 31
  • Average Publication Date - 2007


  • Total Items - 3
  • Total Circulation - 0
  • Average Publication Date - 2009

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Curricular Needs

Students need to be able to read and comprehend a wide range of literature according to the standards. I created the following pie charts to examine how many different types of books were found in the section as well the numbers of circulation for each type of books. There are some sections that could afford to be filled out more, and this might generate more circulations for those types of books. On the other hand, there are a few sections that appear to be overstocked because there are more books than have been circulated. There are enough books in the section that weeding some of them would not take away from fulfilling the standards.
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Items to Weed

The following list is my proposal of titles to weed from the system. None of these titles have ever been circulated. Two of the titles have been marked as lost and just need to be removed from the catalog. Several have been superseded by newer titles, and the others are either physically unappealing or there are other titles similar in the collection that have had more circulations.

Other People's Words: What plagiarism is and how to avoid it (2005) - Similar Titles

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (2007) - Similar Titles

How to Give a Speech (1994) - Similar Titles

America's Favorite Poems (2000) - Similar Titles

I feel a little jumpy around you (1999) - Old, worn

Poetry Speaks Who I Am (2010) - Lost

World Poetry: An Anthology (1998) - Similar Titles

Great Monologues for Young Actors (1992) - Newer volumes

Sensational Scenes for Teens (2007) - Unappealing

Literary Savannah (1998) - Outdated

Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (1960) - Two copies, newer issue

The Poetry of Robert Frost (1979) - Newer collections

More Than Friends: Poems From Him and Her (2008) - Lost

Favorite Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1992) - Newer issue

Self-reliance, and Other Essays (1993) - Worn, similar titles

The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe (1992) - Newer issues

Poetry Out Loud (1995) - Worn, similar titles

Weeding Policies

The district's policy for removing titles from the system are as follows:

  1. Remove the barcode, spine label, and card pocket from the materials to be discarded and strike through any identifying marks.
  2. Stamp“Withdrawn” inside the front and back cover of the book or on the front of audio-visual materials.
  3. A record of weeded materials is to be maintained in the media center and an end-of-year report filed with the system Media and Technology Integration Manager.
  4. Weeded materials will be marked in the circulation management system as discarded for one year before being removed.

Afterwards, materials can be donated for student or classroom use. If no students or teachers want to take the materials, they are to be recycled by the district. I would offer the books to English teachers first, and then offer them to students to adopt into their personal libraries. I also have an idea for smash poetry projects for the Writing Club, where they can use books to make blackout poetry or cut and paste words from several books into new poems. Any leftover items I would offer to the Art teacher, who is very creative and could probably use them for a number of projects. The pieces and books remaining should then be recycled.

Blackout Poetry

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