Weeding? What’s that?
Posted by lpearle on 12 January 2007
Fairfax (VA)’s library caused a stir when they talked about weeding their library holdings – this time, the Washington Post got into the act (the NYTimes led the charge on the Maplewood NJ closings; now Madison WI is considering the same! – þ: All Things Amy)
The thing is, I’ve been overseeing a similar effort at MPOW. We’ve thrown out — after making a valiant effort to sell them for $.25 each — over 10,000 books, and we’re still weeding. (Just so you don’t think the shelves are bare, we’ve added about 7,000 back.) Some are really old, some are really in bad shape, and some are just not getting the use due to curriculum changes. I have no problem providing my community with the library resources they really need for their personal and professional lives.