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In The Weeds

Over the course of this year, I will be converting my library from the Dewey Decimal System to a more user-friendly browsing-centered experience.  Goodbye Dewey!  Good riddance!

I decided to use Metis, a system designed by some brilliant librarians in New York.  More information on Metis can be found here.  While I love Metis as is, it is a little elementary for my middle school library.  I will be tweaking along the way.  Good thing I have a graphic designer at home.

Step One in the process is (cue ominous music) weeding.  We have done some weeding over the years, but like the true bibliophile I am, it is hard for me to get rid of books.  I have to get over it, though.  Here is book truck number five:



I offer them to teachers first, but honestly…

Ew.No one wants this.  That “Brand New” circle is funny.  It isn’t a sticker- it is built into the cover.  It was brand new in 1995.


Double Ew.Oh, dear.  What can I say about this?  The copyright date is 1988.

Or even this.

He's cool and all, but...


And, really?  I don’t think we could make a super cool guy look any less cool:

I'm sorry, Uncle Stevie.

I’m sorry, Uncle Stevie.

Before we weed a section, the shelves look like this:

Jam Packed!


And after we weed,

So bare!


That’s okay, though.  It is better for the kids to be able to get to the good stuff without having to sift through all of the garbage.  Even if it does make the collection look really puny.

I’ll rant about all the reasons I want to make this change later.  I am really excited about it.

Happy Reading!