Weeding of resources to maintain balance and relevance

Weeding is the process of removing resources from the library collection when they are no longer relevant to the curriculum and users. It is often referred to as deselection. There are a number of reasons to deselect. It frees up space, improves appearance, removes obsolete or little use items and saves staff time. (Kennedy, 2006) Given that the Primary School parent community is very active anything but best practice would not be accepted. If the library is holding out of date material the parent body would want to see it removed.

The implementation of the Australian Curriculum is offering the perfect opportunity in our school libraries to re-evaluate our collections and to weed obsolete or unused items. If the Australian Curriculum is here to stay and if the acquisition process is accurately carried out this should reduce the amount of weeding needed for a few years. Larson (2012) reminds us that we are dealing with younger students in primary schools who may not have information literacy skills and the onus falls to the library staff to remove any items that are seen as inaccurate.

Kennedy, J. (2006) Collection Management : A concise introduction (Revised Edition). Wagga-Wagga: Centre for Information Studies, Charles Sturt University 

Larson, J. (2012). CREWing children’s materials’ in CREW : A weeding manual for modern libraries, Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Austin, TX. Pp. 33-36.   

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