Virginia Church Library Association Celebrating our 60th year Serving together to promote Church Library Ministry
Virginia Church Library Association Celebrating our 60th year Serving together to promote Church Library Ministry

WEEDING A CHURCH LIBRARY


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•    Is the material out-of-date?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•    Mark "Withdrawn" across church name wherever displayed. You can order a "Withdrawn" stamp from office supply places.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.

 

 

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