Where Do the Books Go After the Library?
A few years ago I was chatting with a friendly barista about my day at the library — I had been, what we call in the library trade: “weeding”. Weeding means going through the collection and, to put it bluntly, removing books. Unsurprisingly, she was shocked!
“But…Books!” She let out, “You can’t get rid of books.”
“I know how it sounds,” I said, “but it’s not all that dramatic. Libraries have always weeded their collections. Otherwise, how would we have space for new books?”
She thought about it a little bit.
“Okay, but how do you know which to get rid of?”