Greetings!  Arrowhead Library System (ALS) has a long-standing commitment to maintaining a collection of current publication titles of interest to librarians, library staff and library trustees.  The collection is housed at the ALS building in Mountain Iron, but all titles can be requested via the online catalog (if you have a borrower’s card from an ALS library) or via the statewide MnLINK catalog (if you have a borrower’s card from Duluth Public Library).  If you have questions about borrowing titles from the ALS Professional Collection, feel free to call ALS staff!

Here is a latest addition to the ALS collection:

Less Is More:  A Practical Guide to Weeding School Library Collections
Donna J. Baumbach and Linda L. Miller
ALA Editions, 2006

Weeding is the unglamourous side of the “library selection” coin, yet for vibrant, quality collections, it is critically important.  Weeding can be a daunting challenge, especially without guidance or help. Now school and children’s librarians nationwide can reap the benefit of Florida’s popular “Weed of the Month” program.  This user-friendly guide:

  • Explains the ins and outs, including why weeding is such an important task
  • Outlines the steps to get started
  • Breaks weeding criteria down by over 70 topics and Dewey Numbers so the task isn’t overwhelming
  • Clarifies how to use automation tools in weeding
  • Outlines considerations when upgrading collections