UPLIFT Training

This was a two day training attended by several of our librarians:

Mission Statement

  • Do you have one?
  • What should it include?
  • Samples

Collection Development

  • Determine Customers
  • Determine Budget
  • Determine Content area needed by having collection analyzed (use census data)
  • Determine Weeding Criteria

Common Core

Selection Tools
Where do you go to look for books? How do you decide which books to order?

Book Award sites

Promoting your Library

  • Shelf Talkers with personal notes
  • Promote in school newsletter
  • Social Media
  • Booktalks
  • Have students review and post (video, signs, post its in book)
  • Put little used books on display


  • What is your policy on accepting donations?
  • Do you have something in writing?
  • Use for sending home with students with overdue books
  • Book Art-Christmas ornaments


  • Why weed?
    • Students can find newer materials easier
    • Books with inaccurate data (Pluto is a Planet, One day we will walk on the moon)
    • Students will not come back if all the choices are outdated
    • Make way for the new
    • Room on shelf to highlight books face out
  • How to decide?
    • Run reports (date last seen, books not checked out)
    • Visual Assessment
    • Put the books on display, or share with class by genre, if no interest, may be time to weed
  • Do you have an emotional attachment? (“Let it go”)
  • What can you do with discards?
  • What is your discard policy?
  • Set goals for small areas or a weeding calendar
  • Check out these resources for weeding and collection development

Dewey vs BISAC

  • Where should we put it?
  • What do we call it?
  • How to sort in OPAC?
  • How do you determine which genre?
  • How do students find/navigate library?
  • What are the Pros and Cons?
    • How do patrons search
    • How do patrons browse

Where to now?

  • Create a Collection Development Plan
  • Create a Weeding Plan
  • Create Goals for improvements
  • Document your work


Thanks to Ruby Cheeseman of Salt Lake County Library for providing the documents and a great training!


About Chris Haught 177 Articles
Chris is the Media Mentor at SEDC, she loves to help students, librarians and teachers to discover new ways to use technology to enhance their learning.

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