EVALUATE EACH ITEM
Consider circulation, content, physical condition.
• Has the item ever been used?
• When was it last used? (If not in 5 years, candidate for discard)
• Does it cover needed content even though it has not been much circulated?
• Should it be retained because of historical significance?
• Should the item be replaced by a newer edition?
• Is the subject covered more adequately elsewhere?
• Is the material out-of-date?
• Are the pictures dated to the point that they detract?
• Is the item in poor physical condition? Can it be mended?
Consult an authority about doubtful content.
• Pastor, and/or Minister of Education
• Other staff members
• Person with special interest and knowledge in subject
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR WEEDING
• Have only two or three persons weeding at a time.
• As you weed, make a "want list" of titles that need to be replaced, and subjects that need to be added.
• Watch for classification errors.
• Remove pockets and cards from weeded materials, if possible.
• Mark "Withdrawn" across church name wherever displayed. You can order a "Withdrawn" stamp from office supply places.
• Mark each title off the accession record, noting date of removal.
• If computer software program is in use, delete weeded items.
• If using catalog file, pull and destroy all catalog cards for each deleted item.
• Discard all weeded items in predetermined method before library is reopened, getting them out of the building and off of the property.