BFTP: Keeping Your Library Collection Smelling F.R.E.S.H! Weeding Without Controversy through inclusion and transparency. The Librarian Who Hates Books Internet Addiction in 1998 Earlier this year my daughter came home from school to tell me about a controversy at her school.
The school librarians weeded the collection, and some students became so offended that they took to social media to protest the discarding of library books. There was even an unsubstantiated rumor that a student had been suspended for climbing into a dumpster. One of my daughter’s teachers also became upset about the removal of library books. Avoiding Controversy How can we keep a fresh, clean, and up-to-date collection while keeping the controversy surrounding weeding to a minimum? When we ultimately do discard books, I like to use positive verbiage. Preserving Rare Books Rare Books in our collection In 1886 the Webb brothers moved the Webb School from Culleoka, Tennessee, to Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Why You Should Weed More Than Just Books at the End of the Year.
At the end of my first year at Stewart Middle Magnet School, I ended up with a great opportunity.
We replaced an aging air conditioning system over the summer, meaning that ALL the furniture had to be moved into the gym. Luckily, the books could stay on the shelves with plastic covering them. The library at that time was extremely cluttered – I had already been doing an extensive weeding of the collection. But there was lots of unnecessary furniture, and old art projects on display gathering dust, and weird, out-of-date posters.
These things “disappeared” over that summer of air conditioning work. Why You Should Weed More than Just Books In the Making Your Library Epic eCourse I’ve led with AASL, we talk a lot about how less is more. Weeding - NYC School Librarian Guidebook - New York City School Library System at NYC DOE Office of Library Services. Weeding/De-selection Guidelines Weeding is an essential component of any collection development plan in order to maintain a collection that meets the needs of students and the curriculum. The weeding guidelines should include reasons for weeding and criteria for de-selection. The following points may be used as the foundation for weeding guidelines: You Need to Weed… • To maintain a current, useful, dynamic collection.
Beyond the Collection Diversity Audit: Inclusion is More Than a Book, Why we should be auditing all of our library services for inclusion and best practices. When I first began doing collection diversity audits, I had no idea that was what they were called.
It was actually SLJ editor Kathy Ishizuka who gave me a name for what I was doing. I had Tweeted out pictures of me trying to figure out how inclusive my collection was and she said, “Oh, you’re doing a diversity audit”. And I thought, “Yes! That’s what I’m doing.” Doing diversity audits has radically changed how I approach and think about library services. Since doing that first collection diversity a few audit years ago, I have changed my approach in the ways that I do a lot of things, keeping an eye always towards analyzing myself for inclusive practices and challenging myself to step out of my personal default, which is a white cisgender Christian perspective. 1. How to do a library diversity audit : Innovation: Education. Create a place where all students lives are seen and valued.
Expand the idea of what is possible in your classroom or school library. Every student should be able to see aspects of their lives reflected in the books, media and resources they interact with. But they should also be exposed to stories from different perspectives. Rudine Sims Bishop describes the role of diverse literature this way: Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. One way to do that is to have learners lead the inquiry charge by analyzing what books are in the collection, and whose stories might be missing. One way to learn about library audits is by seeing one in action. 1. Does My Collection Reflect My Community? Diversity in the School Library.
Shannon McClintock: Welcome, everybody, to our Future Ready Librarian Webinar.
I’m so excited for our April webinar. And as you know, my name is Shannon McClintock Miller. I am the district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School in Iowa and the Future Ready Librarians Spokesperson. Also, you can find me on my blog at The Library Voice and on Twitter and Instagram @shannonmmiller. And so we’re so excited to have everybody here for this webinar, and we’re now into the third year. And so we’ve had quite a few. Also, I wanted to just share the #FutureReady, as well. And so it’s always good to, I think, include those in the conversation, as well, not just us as librarians. And so you can go there to check out more, and at the end I will tell you a little bit too about that website, because there’s lots of great things on there, as well.
And it’s going to be focused on, I think, one of the most exciting things that have happened to our framework. Matthew Winner: Hi, everyone. Diversity Auditing 101: How to Evaluate Your Collection. Reading While White: The Benefits & Limits of Diversity Audits. This is a post in Reading While White’s end-of-year retrospective series.
Diversity audits! They’re an analytical look at a library collection through a diversity lens: tracking minority representations vs. majority. This can cover a variety of identity markers, but generally what is talked about most is numbers of BIPOC and White creators/ characters. These audits aren’t totally a new thing, but they’ve gained traction over the last year with Karen Jensen’s posts giving guidelines on how-to (also see her more recent post) and Library Journal’s online course “Equity in Action: Taking Your Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives to the Next Level” delving into the subject. Measuring Diversity in the Collection. Classroom Library Questionnaire FINAL.