AASL Post: How to Weed by the Numbers and Clean Up Your Collection
I love weeding. A well-curated library collection makes me happy. But weeding can be difficult. We attach a lot of emotion to books. Others don’t understand why anyone would ever want to get rid of books. We have to hide our weeded books for fear of misunderstanding from teachers, parents, students, and administrators.
Weeding can be a sticky topic for a lot of school librarians. Most of us know that we should weed our collections, but it can be easier said than done. There’s a lot of great acronyms out there to help us figure out what to read. But for me, I prefer looking at cold, hard data. Numbers are unemotional and focusing on them can make it easier to get rid of books.
In my post on AASL Knowledge Quest, I share my strategies on using circulation data, age of collection and other data to help weed. In the post you can learn more about:
- Why data is your friend
- How to find and weed aged titles
- How data can help you secure funding
- Using the numbers to learn your students’ reading habits
P.S. Not sure what to do with all those books once you’ve weeded them? Check out my post for Demco on creating recycled book art and other low-tech maker projects.