Lately I’ve taken on the role of ‘lead weeder’ for NEKLS, which is funny considering I didn’t really do that much weeding in Tonganoxie after the first ‘ninja weeding session’ of 2004. We took 5,000 items out of the collection before migrating from Spectrum to Sirsi. I didn’t know what I was doing, so Patti and Laura from NEKLS came to help. Well, now I’m the ninja weeder.
I spent time last month in Lyndon and Seneca and today I helped at Sabetha. Maybe it’s the artist in me, but I take great pleasure in removing ugly books from library shelves! Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking at publication date, too. The CREW manual was updated in 2008, so I have a copy of it I lug around with me. I enjoy spending time with the collections – even though they aren’t ‘mine’ anymore. It really is like weeding a garden – get rid of the old, ugly, and untrue to leave the pretty, perfect books for the patrons to discover. It doesn’t hurt that weeding is a very low-tech task that gets me away from the laptop!