As the project continues there are several things that are becoming very clear.
1. The management of the project means that I can gain a clearer picture of my collection – its strengths and weaknesses. For example, we have HEAPS of Supernatural, Adventure and Realistic fiction. Conversely, our collections of Sports Fiction and Humorous Fiction are extremely small, and the covers are battered and worn. They are not a very attractive ‘bunch of books’.
– From this, I am deducing that
a) we need to build those collections because the state of the books we do have already indicates excessive usage, and
b) those collections need to be revamped with modern, clean, appealing books.
2. Weeding so that our collection is “lean and mean” is a must. The process of re-classifying resources in the catalogue is arduous so why bother with books that should have been weeded in the first place? Weed ahead of yourself. It makes re-shelving the genrefied items much easier too.
At our College, plans are afoot for a second-hand book sale in August, so we will save our weeded books for that. Anything remaining will be sorted, culled again, and the really ‘good’ stuff boxed up for our contact who supports communities overseas.
3. Lastly, these things don’t keep me awake at night really, but like any project, it does become a focus and the need to complete is compelling. The plan is to attempt to have our four big bays of fiction completed into their genres by the end of the year – four terms, four bays – at least one bay a term to be completed.