My biography weeding project continues. In phase one, I pulled 600+ or – books from the 1584 book section. We did return some based on curriculum relevancy and circ data. Phase two deals with analyzing copyright dates, and my guess is we are going to locate and pull to a cart roughly 400 more books for further evaluation, and these are books with copyright dates between 1982 and 2005. Most of them have a date above 1998. The older titles have 1s or 2s in number. Pesky books get HIDDEN in an overcrowded section. I have four student helpers who will address this scavenger hunt tomorrow, and it will likely take through Tuesday to find them all. Then we begin evaluating them on a more professional level (curriculum relevancy and circ data.) This is work–truly manual labor. Boring at times; interesting at others.
Since there was a lot of open shelving now and significantly fewer books in this space, we decided to switch the graphic novels with the biographies. We began relocating the books, and I quickly remember OMG, move one shelf and you move them ALL!!
After checking the circ data and relevancy to curriculum, we returned maybe 50 books to the shelves. The rest we worked to discard. To help teachers with selection/adoption, I created resource lists named by the cart the books were on. I sent emails saying please adopt, and listed them by call number/title in the body of the message, and attached a complete bibliography that showed notes, date, etc. By listing the call number and title in the body of the message, teachers could quickly skim and know who the biographies featured, especially since we use 92 and the last name, first name of the featured person (example, 92 Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln: A Photobiography). PS-Didnt toss this one since it was a Newbery Honor book and one I like. We had a number of teachers come to browse these carts, and quite a few to ask us to pull a few books by cart number to put in their boxes. (Not near enough though.)
By the Numbers – first wave:
|Before Biography Weeding Project||After Phase one of Weeding Project|
|1584 Biographies||942 Bioraphies|
|Average Copright date 2000||Average Copyright date 2004|
We then decided to run a Follett Titlewave Analysis, and dig a little deeper. Running the repert and then looking closely at what remained on the shelves, this time we looked specifically at copyright dates. I took a highlighter and highlighted titles that were suspect and potentially a book to remove. The highlighted dates were anything UNDER the copyright date of 2004.
This page actually shows a Malcolm X biography near the bottom (next to last) from 1965! I had to put my highlighter down and take a pic to send to a friend. We went to look immediately for that book, but we did not find it. Upon further investigation (looking it up in the catalog) I really thought we’d find it as a “missing” or “lost” book. Nope. It’s actually checked out.
Where is that book? What!!? It’s checked out!!?
When I realized it was checked out, I decided to check its circ stats. This 1965 book has been checked out 9 times since 2001, 2001 probably being the the first time it was checked out since our conversion to Destiny), and actually six times in the last two years. Stranger than that, it was checked out five times during these last two years by the same student, and that is who has it right now. Since this student must be quite attached to the book, we may very well make it a gift to him. Sigh.
Maybe 350-400 more to go
Using this list, we are going to pull roughly 350-400 more titles off the self for further evaluation. My back, shoulders and arms are sore today, mainly from shifting books. Tomorrow I will have my helpers create a resource list of these books, and I will take time to physically look over them all. The helpers will scan for circ data, making a pile of books with 8, which I will further inspect. I expect to return maybe 50 of these back to the shelf.
I see light at the end of the tunnel!
Its definitely a slow process. But it’s coming along nicely. And we are switching the biography space for the graphic novel space. They look much neater and now the graphic novels have more room to grow, which is good. Our next book order coming in has a large number of graphic novels and we really didn’t have the shelf space for any more.
Until next time…I hope its my last update on this year’s Biography weeding project. My muscles (neck, back, arms) could use the coming break.