But on a more serious note, there is no perfect formula for knowing which books to keep and which books to get rid of. Sometimes I'll pull a book off the shelf that I'm certain no child has touched in the last thirty years and when I go to remove it from my system, I find that it was checked out 15 times last year. Now, if a book is over 50 years old, it gets weeded (yes, I've found books in my current library that are over 50 years old. I swear.). If it's truly popular or it's a classic, I'll replace it, but super old books have to go. In any case, whenever I weed, it always becomes a long process of evaluating the needs of my patrons, the quality of the books (not the exterior quality - the quality of writing, information, etc.) and that fantastically annoying dilemma of weighing the value of having the information in print versus online.
My current library hasn't been weeded
But boy have I found some treasures!
Today I found a book about Walt Disney that was written in 1953 and hasn't been checked out since...I don't know when (my computer system doesn't go back that far). I also found a first edition of The Island of the Blue Dolphins. It's missing the jacket, but that little gem has been tucked into my office where it will stay protected forever.
The truth of the matter is, I won't be able to get my entire library weeded before the start of the school year. However, now that I've started, I'm pretty sure I can weed in sections through out the year, and then next year I can develop a 3-5 year weeding cycle that I can maintain for the rest of my time here. For now, I think my break-from-weeding-to-blog has lasted long enough.
Back to the trenches!