Collection Evaluation and Weeding

Tina Bradshaw

Topic Area and Justification for selection of Topic

Topic Area

900-940 Geography & history

Justification for Selection of Topic

I used the acronym MUSTY and Georgia's state curriculum standards to justify the selection of my topic. Many of the books in my selected section are not aligned with Georgia's 6th-8th grade standards. Also, this section of the media center is very overcrowded. Allen states that "overflowing shelves give an overall impression of chaos and make it harder for people to find the resources they really need."

Evaluation of Topic Section Based on Data

In order to obtain data to evaluate my topic section, I pulled a report using the cataloging system Destiny. The report that I used to obtain my data was a historical summary of my selected section. When I pulled my initial report because there were so many books in my selected section that had low circulation numbers, I had to refine my search. Instead of looking at the section as a whole, I looked at the circulation numbers of possible books that I wanted to weed based on state standards. I also broke my section down into sub sections. The report yielded the following results:
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Evaluation of Topic Section Based on Curricular Needs

I used Georgia's 6th grade social studies standards SS6G8 & SS6G10 to evaluate my selected section.

Standards Elaborated Unit Focus

In this unit students will explore modern Europe. Students will describe the location of major countries and analyze the location’s impact on its people. Students will explain the diversity of European culture by examining languages, religions, and literacy rate. Students will investigate the forms and organizational structures of modern European governments and the purpose of the European Union (EU). Students will explain how conflict and change in the 20th century impacts Europe in the 21st century (

When I analyzed my topic section based on standards SS6G8 & SS6G10, I chose to weed several books because they were trivial and they were not relevant to the chosen standards or our curriculum needs.

Items to be Weeded and Explanation for Why Each Item Was Chosen

Disposal of Weeded Items

RCBOE Policy- Materials shall be weeded when they become dated, worn out, marked unattractively or unusable. An analysis of collection use and needs should be done in conjunction with weeding to ensure that materials are replaced when still necessary and not replaced if they are of no real value to the instructional program.

All discarded materials shall be properly disposed of:

* Library Books – After removing all school identifiers, will be disposed of by the

RCBOE Maintenance Department.

Also, some of the discarded material will be used in our school's free library.

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Collection Evaluation and Weeding

Allen, M. (2010). Weed 'em and reap: The art of weeding to avoid criticism. LMC, 28(6), 32-33.