I Am Eviscerating My Reference Section

Almanacs, atlases, Dictionaries and Thesauri are staying.  A few random things like single titles about animals or planets or whatever are being moved to those sections of Dewey for checkout.

The rest?  I’m weeding them.

A couple of years ago I read an article that said you should weed anything in a reference section that is more than 5 years old.  I weeded that media center’s reference section down to everything that was older that 10 years.  That was more than half of it.  The encyclopedias stayed.

But now, and especially at this school, things are different.  Every student can now login to the media catalog and our databases (including Encyclopedia Britannica and World Book) at home in their bunny slippers.  If they have a tablet or small laptop they’re allowed to bring it to school.  We’ll be retrofitted by the end of the year, doubling the number of classroom computers.

So in short, they have plenty of access to information and the reference section in the library collects dust.  Ironically I’m keeping the dictionaries because guide words still show up on the standardized tests as do physical atlases and almanacs and such.  They’re only being used because the tests are out of date so the teachers use them for test prep.  They’re not being used for any other reason.  For everything else, it’s the intertubes, man.