Nonfiction Monday Photo Diary: Weeding Biographies
What do Michael Jordan, Houdini, and John F. Kennedy all have in common? They all were recently weeded from the 5th and 6th grade school where I work.
Now, don’t send angry electronic letters – none of these famous figures have been completely removed (although I can’t say the same for Chris Mullin). No, they fall into one of two categories:
A: We already have a sufficient amount of more useful biographical material on this subject, rendering some items unnecessary.
B: We don’t have anything else on this subject, but what we have ain’t cutting it. A replacement will be selected and added to the collection.
When I go about my collection-updating ways, I like to use the classic MUSTY acronym guidelines (via SUNLINK). Weed anything that is:
M = Misleading and/or factually inaccurate
U = Ugly (beyond mending or repairing)
S = Superseded (by a new edition, or better item)
T = Trivial (or of no discernible literary or scientific merit)
Y = Your collection has no use for this item
ALA also has some great resources on the subject. Wait, this is starting to feel a bit like library school, let’s just take a look at the weeded masses.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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