Question: We are currently weeding like mad in preparation for pulling out the youth nonfiction. Why the rush to do this by summer? We are wiping out the youth nonfiction collection during the school year. Some of the materials pulled still had information in them that could be used (like biographies). It seems that weeding could have started the end of May/first of June with re-ordering taking place during the summer with new materials on board (hopefully) by fall. Why the rush?
Answer by Katie Cerqua, Youth and Family Services Manager: The Youth Nonfiction weeding project is directly tied to the movement of this collection to the youth area of the library. In order to avoid moving old, outdated or grubby items to the new section it was decided that now was an appropriate time to conduct this large scale and much needed weed as a part of the overall process. The summer was chosen as the deadline as this is the busiest time of the year for circulation. Last summer, circulation of the picture book collection increased over 60% from May to July! The shifting project can get messy and this large a move would be cumbersome during the influx of foot traffic and circulation during the summer months. Our goal is to have a freshly weeded and attractive youth nonfiction collection shelved in the youth area before we dive into the business of summer. In the meantime, Materials Management is ordering new and exciting youth nonfiction titles to begin beefing these collections back up. If you notice a specific gap in the collection while working with customers please speak with your youth librarian. The Youth and Family Services Team will be working with Materials Management to create a master list of subject areas that are top priority for ordering.