AASL Post: Why You Should Weed More Than Just Books at the End of the Year

Why You Should Weed More Than Just Books at the End of the Year | The end of the year is a time for reflecting, cleaning up and getting ready for a new school year. It's a great time to re-evaluate not only your collection, but the other physical objects within your library

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[W]e can create more space in our library by getting rid of un-needed shelving, tables, and other furniture… [T]he space can feel cleaner and fresher by changing up the decor. But sometimes, making these changes in the middle of the school year can feel a bit shocking to our teachers and students.

At the end of the school year, many of us spend time evaluating our collections.  We weed damaged and out-of-date books, and freshening things up.  It makes sense to weed when we have more time available, when the books have been turned in, and when we have circulation data to look through.  But there’s other things to weed in our libraries that we don’t always think about.

Why You Should Weed More than Just Books

In my post over on AASL Knowledge Quest, I share what I’ve learned about library spaces from leading my Making Your Library Epic course and from writing Reimaging Library Spaces.  One thing that has really stood out to me is how less is more.  How we can vastly improve our spaces without spending any money by simply getting rid of stuff.

Click on over to learn about:

  • How you can decide what to weed
  • Some suggested objects to consider
  • Why weeding objects at the end of the year is better than the middle

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com. She was a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest from 2015-2018. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.