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  • things involving outdated standards in any subject area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  • books that cite old research that has been superseded, but keep until updates are purchased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

Posted on May 5, 2009, in Best practice. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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