Margaret Portier wrote a piece on her blog entitled "The Six Emotional Stages of Weeding a Teen Fiction Collection" and I feel she really captured the excitement, interest, and trepidation we all feel when weeding our collections. Portier is extremely funny in her posts with the ability to pass on her experiences as a teen librarian with poise, humor, and professional review. As for her six stages, I agree with all of them. Glee, fear, rationality, smug happiness, fear (again), and finally she feels just fine.
What kind of policies do school libraries have for weeding their collections? As a public librarian we weed less than we should, I've seen the science section of my current library and it's a little terrifying. My experience as a public librarian is that many in the profession, I'm looking at the legacy librarians, are still of the mind set that we are the gatekeepers of knowledge, rather than the curators and aggregators of information. Many feel that the number of items in their collection rather than the quality of their collections is more important.
In my former library we underwent a large scale weeding project books were leaving the collections left and right to make space for study tables and seating.
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