AASL Post: How to Weed by the Numbers and Clean Up Your Collection

How to Weed By the Numbers and Clean Up Your Collection | Weeding can be emotional and hard sometimes. We attach so much to books. But if you focus on the data, it can be so much easier to clean out 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.

How to Weed by the Numbers and Clean Up Your Collection

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

Click on over to read more 🙂

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.


Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com & is also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.

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