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Separating the Wheat from the Chaff - article

Our responsibility to discard "those" library books
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View either the HTML or PDF versions of this article, taken from the April 2012 issue of Teacher-Librarian magazine.

The article discusses librarians' responsibility to discard irreparable library books, a process which the author refers to as weeding. He uses wit and humor to discuss criteria for removing a book from the library's collection, which include old spine glue, date of the last checkout, and dustiness. He explains differences in librarians' approaches to the process, including efficiency, book repair, and the pros and cons of discarding books. Library budgets and replacing discarded books are also discussed.