At the end of every year, books no longer desired by the Gull Lake Library are given to students, or teachers free of charge. This is through a process called weeding, as media specialist Karen McConnell explains.
“When we weed, we go through the digital database of books students use to frequently find books relating to their topic. We sort through the books by dates last checked out,” she said.
When weeding, librarians also make sure to note whether the information is still relevant to Gull Lake students.
“When books are about social standings or contain viewpoints that are a few years old, we frequently weed them after a year or two since times change quickly, and points do also,” McConnell said.
Along with social viewpoints being frequently updated, the young-adult fiction section is among the most popular to be weeded.
“We try our best to keep books fresh and new for our students, to keep things interesting,” McConnell said. “At the end of last year we had a lot of books to weed through, since we had not done any weeding since the move from the old high school. “
Books are open to students any time of the year behind the check out desk, but weeding is finished usually at the end of each school year. Since iPads are now in use, Gull Lake is working on expanding their digital libraries. The pickings for this year will range from art history to short fiction stories.
by Alana Fletcher