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Less Is More: A Practical Guide to Weeding School Library Collections
Donna J. Baumbach and Linda L. Miller
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0919-5
 
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $43.00
 
 
 
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204 pages
8.5" x 11"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0919-5
Year Published: 2006
Weeding is the unglamorous side of the “library selection” coin, yet for vibrant, quality collections, it is critically important. Weeding can be a daunting challenge, especially without guidance or help. To make weeding part of a library’s ongoing procedures, it’s best to do it in manageable doses.

Now school and children’s librarians nationwide can reap the benefit of Florida’s popular “Weed of the Month” program. Updating some of that program’s earliest recommendations, this new comprehensive weeding guide from the same experts, is like a friendly mentor ready to assist librarians on one of their more onerous tasks.

This user-friendly guide:
  • Explains the ins and outs, including why weeding is such an important task

  • Outlines the steps to get started

  • Breaks weeding criteria down by over 70 topics and Dewey Numbers so the task isn’t overwhelming

  • Clarifies how to use automation tools in weeding

  • Outlines considerations when upgrading collections


Simple, practical advice along with specific criteria for weeding the school library collection means specialists in public and private schools, as well as children’s and young adult librarians will improve collections following these quick and easy guidelines.
About the Authors

Donna J. Baumbach is Professor of Instructional Technology/Educational Media at the University of Central Florida and director of the Florida SUNLINK Project, Florida’s K–12 public school union catalog of library media resources. An award-winning instructional technology leader and popular library speaker, Baumbach earned her doctorate in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University.

Linda L. Miller is Associate Director of the Florida SUNLINK Project. Former editor of Florida Media Quarterly, she compiles the monthly electronic newsletter for SUNLINK Schools. She holds her MLS from the University of Michigan.
Reviews

"This helpful guide encourages even the most fearful librarians to tackle the daunting task of weeding through careful and regular analysis. Based upon the SUNLINK Weed of the Month project, it begins by addressing the rationale behind the process, as well as many excuses for avoiding the task. Other chapters include a discussion of guidelines, like the CREW ("Continuous Review, Evaluation, and Weeding") method, with a review of other important criteria. One section provides criteria for weeding in 71 areas, arranged by Dewey number. Final chapters attend to pertinent details of finishing the process. Web resources, an appendix of weeding criteria in table format that includes ideal and maximum number of years for the various subject areas, and an alphabetical and Dewey index conclude this invaluable, succinctly written resource."
--School Library Journal
 
 

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