Weeding the Professional Collection
I often get interesting questions from alumni. This question came earlier this month, and since it’s a little different than the typical, I thought I’d share it with you:
What criteria should you use when weeding the Professional collection?
Back in my media specialist days, I inherited an incredibly messy jumble of dusty, unorganized things in the professional collection. It hardly qualified as a section, and I ended up throwing most of it out. I’ll bet many of you can identify with this!
Things I might consider weeding:
- things involving expired educational “fads” more than 5 years old
- things involving outdated standards in any subject area
- things that haven’t been used much, despite reasonable efforts at promotion
- books that cite old research that has been superseded, but keep until updates are purchased
- tech-related items having to do with now-unusable technology (Windows 3.x, anyone?)
- anything raggedy or yellowed, although I might keep worn things longer in this area than I would for students
Things to consider keeping:
- classic educational theory (like Piaget, etc.), if not too moldery
So that’s a start! Would love to hear additional ideas, especially if they apply particularly to Professional items.
Mary Ann Fitzgerald – University of Georgia