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Friday, December 2

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Sunday, November 20

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    Selection of New Materials
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    Below you will find the link to list of the book selections that I made for my topic of Science 2. I also included some books that would suit intermediate students to ensure that I had different reading and interest levels. I included some DVDs and a few CDs but did not include any digital resources other than Worldbook since we have not gone in the digital direction just yet. I spent a little less than then maximum budget since I felt that my collection was complete at $1775.87. I managed to find some reviews for books but they were only from two different sources. Initially, it was quite a challenge to find book reviews in French however in the end I managed to find quite a few!
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Sunday, November 13

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Sunday, November 6

  1. page Assignment 4- Weeding Project edited ... As mentioned in my weeding policy I used MUSTIE as an initial approach but I found it very hel…
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    As mentioned in my weeding policy I used MUSTIE as an initial approach but I found it very helpful to create a checklist type of table to help me make quick decisions. This table alllows me to have a paper trail of weeded materials if ever I am questioned about my weeding practices. The reasons for weeding a title listed in the table are from Bishop (p.121). I find that this list gives more details and is a little more user-friendly than the MUSTIE approach.
    Click here to see a sample of the table. {Weeding Assessment.docx}
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    Discarded Titles and Rationale
    To remove a title from my automated system, I simply delete the title from the system and that's it. In total I discarded 27 books from the Science 2 curriculum sections. I used the table that I created to justify my reason for weeding the books. The average age of the books discarded was 27 years old, most books were in fair phyical conditon but looked very dated. Below are 10 titles that I weeded and I included the reasons from the table.
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    I can truthfully say that I enjoyed this activity even though I was not looking forward to "throwing away" books. As a teacher, I have amassed many many boxes of files just in case I need to teach a lesson on a particular topic. As a teacher-librarian it is even more difficult for me discard books especially the books that are not obviously dated or damaged.
    When visitors come to the library they are always amazed that we have so many books. At first, I was very proud to manage such a large collection for such a small school. However after reading all the articles and discussions I can see that more is definitely not better. The quality of the books is the most important things. I long to have space to breathe in the library especially in the non-fiction section. The shelves are so overcrowded that students have difficult finding books and pulling them off the shelves. It would be nice to have some open shelf space to display new non-fiction titlles. I really like the guideline of having the shelves only half full. I think Allen summed it up nicely "students cannot efficiently find quality information if outdated, wrong, or poorly presented information is overcrowding your library shelves." (p.32)
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    discarding books.
    As I was going through the books in the different Science 2 sections and started pulling out books to discard, I kept thinking that I hope I can find a book to replace this old dated book that still has some decent pictures and information. This was the case even more for the sections that had very few books. I found it very difficult to discard 50% of the section which is just 2 books. I trully hope that I will be able to find quality books that will support the curriculum areas.
    For this assignment I weeded in stages to help me through the anxiety of discarding books. I found that this helped a lot but was quite time consuming. First, I did a quick weeding just based on shelf scanning and discarded books that stood out as being old or damaged. Then for the second weeding session, I took the time to look through the books and use my checklist. For the final weeding stage I went through the 'maybe' pile and made a final decision about which books would be discarded and removed from the system. I hope in the future I will become more efficient and will be able to reduce my time spent weeding.
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  2. page Assignment 4- Weeding Project edited ... Click here to see a sample of the table. {Weeding Assessment.docx} == == Discarded Titl…
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    Discarded Titles and Rationale
    To remove a title from my automated system, I simply delete the title from the system and that's it. In total I discarded 27 books from the Science 2 curriculum sections. I used the table that I created to justify my reason for weeding the books. The average age of the books discarded was 27 years old, most books were in fair phyical conditon but looked very dated. Below are 10 titles that I weeded and I included the reasons from the table.
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    I deleted all 27 titles from the automated system and then I blacked out the barcode and wrote 'discard' inside the books. I have placed all the 27 weeded titles in a box in the staff room. If they are not taken by the end of next week then I will recycle them.
    Reflection
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    non-fiction titlles.
    One thing that I'm very proud
    I really like the guideline of having the shelves only half full. I think Allen summed it up nicely "students cannot efficiently find quality information if outdated, wrong, or poorly presented information is overcrowding your library shelves." (p.32)
    "While weeding can be controversial, a carefully prepared and fully documented policy on weeding (or deselection) can lessen or alleviate misunderstandings." (Allen, p.32) This quote from Allen inspired me to develop
    my own weeding policy.policty. It may
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    policies binder!
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    I think that having a policy is very important. I need to be able to justify my decisions and also to have a process in discarding books.
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    I kept thinking...thinking that I hope
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    few books.
    - too many books in library- used
    I found it very difficult to see this as a positive thing now I'm seeing how it's not... quote about garbage on shelves- more is not better!
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    discard 50% of the section which is just 2 books. I was still a little apprehensive at first but thentrully hope that I started enjoyingwill be able to find quality books that will support the process
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    curriculum areas.
    For this assignment I
    weeded in
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    of discarding books-books. I found that this helped a lot - firstbut was quite time consuming. First, I did a quick weeding
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    scanning and discarded books that
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    old or damaged
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    my checklist. For the final weeding to gostage I went through againthe 'maybe' pile and makemade a final decision about 'maybes'
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    which books would be discarded and removed from the guideline about having shelves 1/2 full- can use left over spacesystem. I hope in the future I will become more efficient and will be able to display new non-fiction titles (nowhere else to do it)
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    reduce my time spent weeding.
    Another aspect of weeding that I
    found it interesting in course content aboutwas how you talk to others about weeding. If you explain the importance and necessity of weeding
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    then teachers, students and parents are not as surprised or taken back by the books that are discarded. However if you say nothing or just refer to generate circulation statistics- helps in weeding process
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    the discarded books as garbage then I planthink some people may question your decisions. The following comment from Allen really hit a chord with me, "destruction of books brings up images of censorship and book burning, but it is better to offerhave worthless books in the trash than have trash on your shelves." (p.32) Many people have strong oppinions about discarding books but this quote paints a clear picture about what should remain on the shelves and what shouldn't.
    Once again I found myself frustrated by my automated system. Not having the ability
    to create circulation statistics is quite frustrating. I think these stats provide a sort of confirmation that can help during the weeding process. In particular with the animal section where information does not change much, the circulation stats could be very helpful. I don't know which books teachers anduse for projects or which ones are used often for particular lessons. I was a little more reserved in this section then recycle- not many takenI wanted to be especially since this is the section that is too full. The shelves are extremely full, I even have a hard time shelving the books.
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    the surface ofby mainly discarding the obviously
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    on the shelves.shelves despite my fears of not having books to replace them. I have the image from the Dickinson article about the spoilt milk in my head when I weed. This will hopefully help me to push through my insecurities about weeding so that I can create a well used and effective library collection.
    References
    Allen, J. (2010). Weed 'em and weep: The art of weeding to avoid criticism. Library Media Connection 28(6), 32-33. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.
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