Collection Evaluation and Weeding
By Elma Daniel
Weeding the 360's Section of the High School Media Center
The following is a list of titles that I am proposing to weed from the media center. Even though there were many other titles that were out of the appropriate date range, I focused my weeding recommendations based on the chosen GPS. All of these titles fall outside of the appropriate age range (5 years) based on the Titlewave report, and none of them have ever been circulated since the opening of the school in 2009. All of these books look brand new, but may have never even been viewed by a teacher or student. They are not superseded by better works, but a few other titles are available. I also feel that after an evaluation and conference with the Psychology instructors, more relevant titles could replace these. Based on the circulation and age of the books, they have no use in the media center and should be weeded from the collection.
Anorexia (2005) - book is lost, never circulated
Mental Health ((2008) - never circulated
Mental Illness (2007) - never circulated
Suicide (2007) - never circulated
Suicide (2008) - never circulated
Disposal of Weeded Items
According to the media specialist, the district policy on weeding books is listed below:
Books out of the appropriate age range should be removed.
Books should have the barcode and school information removed.
Weeded books may be shared with students, classroom teachers, other schools in the district, or local libraries.
Books that are no longer relevant may be destroyed.
After discussing the weeding policies with the media specialist, it is my recommendation that these titles be removed from the media center and offered to the Psychology teachers for classroom usage. She expressed that the one teacher that instructs this course has many resources in his classroom and online that are utilized. If he does not want the books for his classroom, then I feel recommend that they be offered to students or other teachers in the school. The media specialist could also send out an email to the other libraries in the district to inquire their needs or wants for these titles. As a last resort, these books should be sent to a local public library or college for use. They would be excellent resources for college students that are studying Psychology or Counseling.