To weed or not to weed?

Posted on October 14, 2011. Filed under: Books, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , |

This story was prominently featured at NPR.org: Hard Choices: Do Libraries Really Destroy Books?

Libraries have limited space and limited funds, but they face a constantly growing supply of books. The careful culling of books is painstaking work. From selling to donating to destroying, we look at the options when every book cannot be kept on the shelves.

An Australian blogger named S Peter Davis wrote a piece for Cracked (the surprisingly interesting online offshoot of the old comedy print magazine) called “6 Reasons We’re In Another ‘Book-Burning’ Period In History.” It’s not about the destruction of books based on content or community objections; it’s about the destruction of books because libraries (and sometimes bookstores) don’t know what to do with them, or don’t know what to do with them that makes economic sense.

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