Weeding a library is like weeding a garden

23 Jan

I’ve done a lot of garden weeding in my life. One summer, I worked maintenance at a golf course and I got stuck weeding all of the flower beds around the club house and the tees for the whole summer. This was an incredibly tedious job and I realized that you could either be a perfectionist (picking every last weed) or just get the most obvious ones. Either way, you are never truly finished weeding because almost as soon as you are done, more weeds spurt up. This past week, I have been working on a project to weed the Reference Collection at the Education Library. This section has some really fantastic resources in it, however, mostly you can’t see the flowers for the weeds. Just like weeding a garden, this is a tedious job going through the individual titles to determine their current relevance to the collection but in the end it can be rewarding. This library collection has obviously not been weeded for years and it was in dire need of a good clean up. If you are entering a garden or a library collection that has not been weeded in a long time, there is temptation to just pull everything in sight. The problem with this of course, is that in your haste, you are potentially removing valuable plants/documents. I am cautious and try to think of the potential interest for a document before it is weeded but it also gives me great pleasure to rid the library collection of documents that are of no value to our users. These are the titles of which I am most proud to say are no longer a part of the Reference Collection :

New Career Options for Women : a selected bibliography (1976),

Personnel des Commissions Scolaires et des Cégeps (1978-1979),

The Black World in Literature for Children Vols. 1-3 (1975)

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2 Responses to “Weeding a library is like weeding a garden”

  1. Melissa January 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    I can definitely vouch for the old books in the ed. library that need to be weeded out…! Those books sound GREAT ! hahah

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