professional development

Weeding Resources

On the listservs this past month there was a discussion among school and public librarians about weeding the library collection. The librarians mentioned several resources that can be used when determining what to weed. The Library Development staff decided to compile a list of the resources and put them in Cornerstone. Thank you to all the librarians for a list of wonderful resources.

Larson, Jeanette. (2008). CREW: a weeding manual for modern libraries. (Rev. & Updated ed.). Austin, TX: Texas State Library. Online HTML and PDF versions available at:

Idaho Commision for Libraries, Alternative Basic Library Education Program — ABLE Online Training for Librarians: Weeding the Collection

Baumbach, D. J. & Miller, L. L. (2006). Less is more: A practical guide to weeding school libraries. Chicago: American Library Association. Based on the popular and very useful SUNLINK Weed of the Month Archive at

Gwinnett County (Georgia) Public Library. (2002). Weeding manual. (2nd ed.). Chicago: Public Library Association of the American Library Association.

INFOcus, November 2007. Special Report: Ideas for disposing of weeded books and/or used books.

Slote, S. (1997). Weeding library collections: Library weeding methods. (4th ed.). Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

“Weeding Library Collections” from Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki.

McGrath, M., Library People, Friends of Colorado Libraries. (2008). Disposal of Weeded, Discarded, and Unwanted Books. One library or school’s unwanted book might be appreciated by another organization or individual. Environmental awareness also mandates that books be re-used rather than trashed. Here is a list of options to consider and test to see what fits your needs best.

Collecting Sales Tax

A month ago there was a question on the listservs about whether or not libraries need to collect sales tax for fund raisers. The response from the Department of Revenue and Regulations was that fund raisers are exempt when less than three days, and tax is paid on all supplies at time of purchase. Money raised must be used for children’s or young adult services.

Another question that arose recently was whether sales tax needed to be collected for postage. The response from the Department of Revenue and Regulation was that postage is exempt if exact postage is collected. If a standard charge is collected then, yes it becomes taxable.

weeding, tax, law

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