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October 2015, Volume 7, Issue 9

Continuing Education Alert


Check Your Calendars!!

International School Library Month
October

National Bullying Prevention Month
October

National Fossil Day
October 14

The Digital Shift
October 14, online

Teen Read Week
October 18-24

National Friends of the Libraries Week
October 18-24

Give Me 20 Fall Challenge
October 19-December 11, 2015

Read for the Record
October 22, 2015

School Library Chats
October 28, 2015

American Diabetes Month
November

American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
November

Military Family Appreciation Month
November

National Novel Writing Month
November

National Scholarship Month
November

Picture Book Month
November

Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 1

National Family Literacy Day
November 1

ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program: Assessment Track
November 4-7, 2015

ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program: Intentional Teaching Track
November 4-8, 2015

AASL 17th National Conference and Exhibition
November 5-8; Columbus, Ohio

YALSA's 2015 Young Adult Services Symposium
November 6-8, 2015; Portland, Oregon

Veterans Day
November 11

National Young Readers Week
November 9-13

National Philanthropy Day
November 12

Lita Forum
November 12-15; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Random Acts of Kindness Day
November 13

America Recycles Day
November 15

Geography Awareness Week
November 15-21

American Education Week
November 16-20
•17: Parents Day
•18: Education Support Professionals Day
•17: Substitute Educators Day

International Games Day
November 21

Thanksgiving Day
November 26

Native American Heritage Day
November 27


Featured e-Resources of the Month
E-resources provide holiday fun and information

Library Outreach

 

Weeding isn't just about books

All library collections need to be weeded on a consistent basis. Why?

  • Shelf space --weeding makes shelves easier to browse, easier to shelve books, and it just makes the collection look better
  • Get rid of outdated materials --your library is not a museum...you can't be a warehouse of unused books
  • Collection development --a great way to get a handle on what is in your collection and what else needs to be there

Weed a little at a time, so you don't have to withdraw huge amounts of books at once. Use the MUSTIE guidelines. Is the material...?

M = Misleading

U = Ugly

S = Superseded

T = Trivial

I = Irrelevant

E = may be obtained Elsewhere (ILL)

Use reports from your library cataloging system, if you have one, to determine the last time items were checked out.

What do you do with the books once they have been weeded?

  • Sell
  • Donate
  • Trade
  • Recycle
  • Destroy
  • Get Creative

Have you seen some of the great art projects on Pinterest that use discarded library books?

What about other items? Has your library collected things for programs or displays over the years that are just sitting in bins? Do you have extra furniture or rugs? Then you need to consider weeding those things as well. Check with your governing body (city, county) to see what the process is to dispose of them. You may have to list furniture and other large items in a surplus sale. For smaller items, you may be able to sell them in your annual library book sale. Call it a "books and more" sale.

Don't let your library patrons get crowded out by books and other items that you have a hard time disposing of. You will find that your library visitation and book circulation will increase just by doing a little cleaning.

For more information on weeding, see:

 

 

 

 


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art, books, cataloguing, collection, guidelines, interlibrary loan, Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque, reports, space, weeding

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