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The Weed of the Month web pages on March's topic of Drug and Alcohol
Education have been posted at the following URL:
http://www.sunlink.ucf.edu/weed/  Previous topics for the last two years
and a half years are archived at this location.

There is no question that information on drug and alcohol education is
critically needed in all our schools. But even more critical is the need
for current and relevant information. Students tend to look to their
peers instead of adults for "real world" information on drugs and
alcohol. Don't reinforce that tendency by keeping outdated and/or
inaccurate information in your collection!

When you have examined your school's Drug and Alcohol Education
Collection and found titles to weed, please email me at the address
below and we will add them to the list (without your name!). The same
goes for terrific new Drug and Alcohol Education titles you would like
others to discover.

The SUNLINK Weed of the Month Club is an effort to help provide School
Library Media Specialists with guidelines and suggestions for weeding
their collections a little at a time as well as for adding quality
materials. Included are sections on how to get started, the rationale
for weeding a topic area, criteria to consider, titles to consider for
weeding and titles to consider when replacing outdated materials. These
suggested lists are neither comprehensive nor authoritative.  You may
agree or disagree with some of the titles. That's fine! You may have a
more recent edition or version of a title that you would never consider
weeding. Remember that weeding is always subject to your professional
judgment because you know your students and your curriculum.

It does not matter how many books you may have, but whether they are
good or not.  Lucius Annaeus SENECA (3 B.C.-65 A.D.)

Carol McWilliams
Assistant director, SUNLINK
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

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