I love weeding! There’s something very satisfying about clearing out the old to make room for the new. I’ve learned (through trial and error) to be very organized when I weed. One tool that helps me keep track of the reasons for weeding each book is my weeding bookmark.
The weeding bookmark allows me to make note of why I’m weeding a particular book. I use the MUSTY acronym as my criteria, and I check off each criteria that pertains to the book in question. Once I’ve checked the reasons it’s being weeding, I stick the bookmark in the book and place the books on a separate shelf.
The bookmarks come in handy when members of my school community question why I’m “throwing away” books. It’s easy to pull out the bookmark and give them a brief run-down of the MUSTY criteria and point out why this book meets the criteria. You can also use the bookmarks as easy reference if you keep permanent records (like in a spreadsheet or in your circ system) about why you certain weeded books.
I’m currently working on re-designing my weeding bookmarks, but I’m happy to share my former version with you. I hope they help you with your own weeding projects! You can download the PDF file below or click on the image above.