Weeding (also called de-selection) is an essential element of collection development that ensures the library's materials are useful and accessible. Collections will change over time to reflect changes in the community and the curriculum. Physical space to store collections is also a contributing factor in the necessity for regular weeding. School library collections are not intended to be archival. Weeding is a periodic or continual evaluation of resources intended to remove items that are no longer useful from the collection.
Books and audiovisual materials will be used most effectively if they are up-to-date, in good condition and attractive. The decision to discard is to be made by the teacher librarian. Books and audiovisual materials are to be discarded when:
The following websites contain useful information about parameters for weeding in schools libraries:
The procedures to be followed in each case are:
If the item is completely unusable by anyone in the district, place it in a box marked "Discarded Material" in your media office. Materials will be disposed of by the night custodian.
Use your own judgments in allowing students and/or shelters to take home discarded material for personal use.
This page was last updated on June 13, 2007.