Collection Evaluation and Weeding

Ali Geigerman

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Topic Area

The focus area for my weeding project will be the Fabulous 590's. This is the animal/zoology section of the library. There are 146 books in this area at Live Oak's library.

I decided to weed this section because I noticed that many of the books fall under the 'MUSTY' category. Several are ugly and worn, quite a few are duplicates, and many are not being circulated at all.

This section is very important in K-5 grades. Our Kindergarten students start science with learning about different animals characteristics (SKL1, SKL2), while fifth graders learn to sort animals in their classification systems (S5L1). The books in this section need to be accurate, informative, and usable to aid in student learning.

Usage Data

Before I even looked at the books, I wanted to take a look at the usage data. I did not want to get rid of books that students are very interested in and keep books that are not being circulated.

I printed a report to let me know which books were not being checked out often. As you can see from the graph below, I had quite a few to work with. Over 70% of the books have been checked out less than 30 times. I narrowed down my search to the 31% that have less than 10 checkouts.

Our library (and school) is fairly new. The majority of books that we have are all up-to-date and geared toward common core standards. That left me to decide books based on usage, book damage, and doubles.

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This section houses very important scientific information. Life science standards in all grades (K-5) include some sort of animal unit. Teachers should be pulling from this section to use in their science investigations.

Kindergarten works to classify living and non-living things. First grade discusses the basic needs of living things. Second grade investigates life cycles. Third grade learns about animal habitats. Fourth graders describe the energy flow in ecosystems. Lastly, fifth grade uses classification systems to group animals and their babies.

If you look at the graph, 5th grade has more Life Science standards than any other grade level. However, I've noticed that there are the fewest books available to accommodate those standards. Most of the books are geared toward the younger grades. After weeding books that are damaged or uncirculated, I would purchase some higher level books about plant and animal cells and classification systems to accommodate 5th grade standards.

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The list of books to be weeded can be found below.
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Newton County has a disposal plan listed in their policy. The policy requires that librarians gather all the books that need to be weeded throughout the year and store them in boxes. The boxes need to be labeled "Discard" and numbered. Each book must be removed from the system, have the barcode removed and any identifying information must be marked out.

At the end of the school year, Newton County's procurement clerk will collect all the boxes from each school and discard of them properly.