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Re: [ARSCLIST] Interesting WSJ Article on when libraries should discard their holdings.
When I worked in a small town public library many many years ago, I was
instructed to cull anything that hadn't circulated in five years. The
difference in our culling was that we had additional criteria. No
classic would ever have gone away nor would anything written by those
authors be discarded. Some books were truly dated and their information
was no longer useful so those were removed. Anything pulled was placed
on a book truck and reviewed by the library director. Removed books were
then added to the annual library book sale. I agree that two years is
far too short a period.
Don Cox wrote:
On 03/01/07, Steven Smolian wrote:
There are circulating libraries and research libraries. They perform
True, but even a circulating library ought to keep the main classics in
stock. There are always new readers coming along, who haven't read any
Hemingway yet. (Or Dickens, or Jane Austen, or Mark Twain....)
Two years is a very short cut off period. Ten or fifteen would be more
Otherwise the library is just competing with the local bookstore, and
may well drive it out of business.
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