‘Baby Alicia is Dead’ – finally

One reason weeding is often avoided in any library is that it creates a huge workload. The initial time spent deselecting a shelf of books is only the beginning. Then the books must be stamped “discarded”, spine labels and bar codes removed, entry in the on-line catalog deleted, and the books boxed. But where, exactly, do they go? Although a

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Less Can Be More

The graduate degree program in Library (or Information) Science usually requires two years. During that time students learn systems of classification, readers’ advisory, book selection and acquisition, and take classes related to the specific type of library service they envision (university, public, school, special).  Why then, you ask, after all that education and wrangling for budget dollars, after spending precious time reading

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How Strategic Pruning Can Improve Your Crop

In the fall of 2007 my son, a teacher at Galileo, mentioned that their librarian was on vacation and the substitute was drowning in new books. The sub had posted a request for staff help in shelving the new books before Back to School night.  My son passed this word on to me because he figured I, as a retired librarian,

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