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Weeding and Retention
Weeding is the process of eliminating obsolete or damaged materials from the collection. Systematic weeding is not an irresponsible disposal of school property; rather, it is a necessary service that enhances the credibility and usability of the school library. An occasional mistake is far less serious that the cumulative effect of a weed-cluttered collection. Collections should be monitored regularly to determine low-use sections requiring weeding.
Collection development should follow the CREW method: Continuous Review, Evaluation and Weeding. CREW Method
What to Weed (MUSTIE) Weeding Brochure.pdf
Misleading and/or factually inaccurate;
Ugly (worn out beyond mending or rebinding);
Superseded by a new edition or a better source;
Trival (of no discernable literary or scientic merit);
Irrelevant to the needs and interests of your community;
Elsewhere (the material may be easily borrowed from another source).
Suggested Guidelines: Suggested Guidelines.pdf
Reuse and Disposal: 8800.5 Regulation.pdf
The teacher-librarian exercises discretion about whether materials are: