Library Sections


When searching for information, how old is too old for needed information? Is 19 years too old? 18 years? 16 years? Three sections in the nonfiction section of the library: the 300's, 400's, and the 600's are this old. The information on each section comes from Titlewave, which is part of the library catalog. Let's take a look at how the age of a title is defined and these three sections of the nonfiction section of the library.

Average Age Chart

This chart shows the average age of the library collection.

Aged Titles

This chart shows the age of titles are 15 years beyond their copyright date, according to Titlewave, and the percentage of that collection's age.

Nonfiction Section

The average age of the 5396 titles in the nonfiction section is 1998 which is 40.45% of the collection. According to Titlewave this makes many titles in the nonfiction section 16 years old. Providing students with an up-to-date collection is beneficial for studying and learning.

300's - Social Sciences

There are 691 titles in this section. Of the 691 titles 424 of them are aged. This is almost half of the titles in this section. The average age of the books is 1995. That makes them 19 years old.

400's - Languages

This section contains 69 titles. More than half of them are aged. There are 43 titles with the average age of 1996. This makes them 18 years old.

600's - People Using Science and Technology

Of the 600's 739 titles 350 are aged. This means close to half of the titles have an average age of 1998. They are 16 years old.

Library Standards

In order for students to "evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis

of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural context" they must have updated materials. (Standard 1.1.5)

Work Cited

"Dewey Decimal Numbers for Kids." Cambria-Friesland School District. N.p., 5
Oct. 2009. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.

Standards for the 21st-century Learner in Action. Chicago: American Association
of School Librarians, 2009. Print.

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