Collection Evaluation and Weeding

Topic :Animals (590-599)

I am a First Grade teacher, and we teach a whole unit on animals. This is the section in the library that I feel very comfortable with, because I go and check out several books each time we teach the unit. Animals are all around us, and my students always love to learn about them.

Evaluation of 590-599 Based on Data

When evaluating this section, I looked at the number of books, the average publication year, and the breakdown of the publication years. I also pulled the circulation data from the past year.


Number of Books: 167

Total Check-Outs: 27

Turnover Rate: 0.1617

Average Publication Year: 1995


There were not any books checked-out that were published before 2002 during the past year.

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Evaluation of Curricular Needs

In First Grade, we study the needs of animals, and we compare the various needs, movements, appearance, and growth of various animals. This section is our main resource during our unit on animals. These books are about different specific animals, animal families, species of animals, and animal habitats. Having so many books about various species helps implement our curriculum, and our students get excited to go pick out books about animals they have never heard of. This section is aligned with our curricular needs.
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Items to Be Weeded

A polar bear can swim : what animals can and cannot do

[ Book ]

Call #: 590 Z Ziefert, Harriet.

Location: 3060

Series: Puffin science easy-to-read. Level 2

Published 1998

Reading Level: 1.2 Interest Level: K-3

Animals in winter

[ Book ]

Call #: 591 B Bancroft, Henrietta.

Series: Let's-read-and-find-out science. Stage 1

Published 1997

Reading Level: 2.1 Interest Level: K-3

Lexile: 380

Does a kangaroo have a mother, too?

[ Book ]

Call #: 591 C Carle, Eric.

Published 2000

Reading Level: 1.8 Interest Level: K-3

Lexile: BR

Predators in the rain forest

[ Book ]

Call #: 591 P Pirotta, Saviour.

Location: 3060

Series: Deep in the rain forest

Published 1999

Reading Level: 6.5 Interest Level: 3-6

Animal feelings

[ Book ]

Call #: 591 F Funston, Sylvia.

Series: Secret life of animals

Published 1998

Reading Level: 6.0 Interest Level: 3-6

How spiders and other silk makers build their amazing homes

[ Book ]

Call #: 595 R Robinson, W. Wright.

Series: Animal architects

Published 1999

Reading Level: 6.0 Interest Level: 5-8

Sea turtles, past and present

[ Book ]

Call #: 597 J Johnston, Marianne.

Series: Prehistoric animals and their modern-day relatives

Published 2000

Reading Level: 3.1 Interest Level: K-3

A nest full of eggs

[ Book ]

Call #: 598 J Jenkins, Priscilla Belz.

Series: Let's-read-and-find-out science. Stage 1

Published 1995

Reading Level: 4.0 Interest Level: K-3

Lexile: 630

The crocodile, ruler of the river

[ Book ]

Call #: 597 T Tracqui, Valérie.

Location: 3060

Series: Animal close-ups

Published 2000

Reading Level: 4.8 Interest Level: 3-6

The shark : silent hunter

[ Book ]

Call #: 597 L Le Bloas, Renée.

Location: 3060

Series: Animal close-ups

Published 1998

Reading Level: 4.1 Interest Level: 3-6

Big, rough, and wrinkly

[ Book ]

Call #: 599 B Butterfield, Moira, 1961-

Location: 3060

Series: What am I?

Published 1997

Reading Level: 1.5 Interest Level: K-3

Bouncy, big, and furry

[ Book ]

Call #: 599 B Butterfield, Moira, 1961-

Location: 3060

Series: What am I?

Published 1998

Reading Level: 1.5 Interest Level: K-3

Brown, fierce, and furry

[ Book ]

Call #: 599 B Butterfield, Moira, 1961-

Series: What am I?

Published 1997

Reading Level: 1.5 Interest Level: K-3

Animal babies

[ Book ]

Call #: 599.13 HAM Hamsa, Bobbie.

Series: Rookie reader

Published 1985

Reading Level: 1.0 Interest Level: K-3

Lexile: 320

Koalas

[ Book ]

Call #: 599.2 SAU Saunders-Smith, Gail.

Published 1998

Reading Level: 1.5 Interest Level: K-3

Lexile: 520

Amphibians : water-to-land animals

[ Book ]

Call #: 597 S Salas, Laura Purdie.

Series: Amazing science. Animal classification

Published 2010

Reading Level: 3.6 Interest Level: K-3

Lexile: IG 650


These books are on the list to be weeded, because they are over fifteen years old, or there are more than one of the book. The books are old, the covers are torn, and the information is not presented in an inviting way for today's students. The books are weakening the collection by taking up shelf space. According to the MUSTY way of weeding out, the books above meet the criteria of being ugly and superseded by better works. While it seems to not make sense to take books out about animals, these books have done their time on the shelves by educating many children. By taking these books out of the media center, the shelves will be opened to accept newer books.

Disposal of Weeded Items

Our district has a weeding policy, and it states:

Weeding Criteria

  1. Worn and damage materials.
  2. Superseded materials that conflict.
  3. Unnecessary duplicates of titles.
  4. Trivial, outdated, or inaccurate materials.
  5. Materials that no longer support the curriculum.
  6. Materials that have not circulated in a three-year period.
  7. Materials that are no longer appropriate for age or grade levels served by the school.


Options for Removal
  1. Materials can be provided to students and/or classrooms for continued educational use in the support of literacy and instructional activities. In addition, materials can be provided to after-school programs that offer tutorial services to district students.
  2. Materials not suitable for student or classroom use will be recycled. Sites should follow the specific guidelines and procedures established by the district’s current recycling bid.


Procedures for Removing Material from the Media Center Collection.
  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.


Based on the district's policy, I will follow the procedures for removing material from the media center collection. It will take one year to be able to get rid of them completely after they come off of the circulation database. They will be housed in the closet in the media center until their year is over. After that, I will allow teachers to come get what they would like from it, then I will put the leftovers in the Parent Center for parents to take home. If books are just too worn out, they will be sent to the recycling bin located outside of the school's cafeteria, or if the art teacher would like to recycle them in her room she could take them.