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Re: Weeding Books
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: Weeding Books
- From: Daria <dherlihy@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 26 Feb 1998 16:17:32 -0500
- Message-id: <199802262019.MAA18382@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "Book_Arts-L: The list for all the book arts!" <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Dear Philip: Over a year ago I visited the new San Fransisco Library...an
architect's delight to be sure. However many hundreds and hundreds of cubic
feet of space have been dedicated to just plain soaring space going up I think
3 or 4 stories. A vaulted experience to be sure.
I guess the architect is to blame (?) and the committee that Ok'd his design.
S.F. needed a new library with lots of space. The architect got "book space"
confused with people space. And ....
when it came time to move in the old and new books, egads! there was actually
LESS bookshelf space in the grand new library than in the old, stuffy
library. Embarassing. Yes, City dump trucks were loaded and sent to the
waste site. Shortly afterward citizens groups began scoffing up books for non
profit second hand book stores and lesser type libraries with freebie shelves.
Does this mean that otherwise knowledgable people failed to use simple math to
measure the length and width of shelves, multiply the two and get the total # of