A few weeks ago, The Boston Globe reported that the Boston Public Library would be trimming down their collection. Trimming makes it sound like it’s a small amount of books, but 180,000 isn’t so tiny, perhaps purging is a better word. Of course not everyone is happy at this amount – I noticed that BPL recently blogged about their collection policy to answer questions of those who are concerned about the reduction.
This is on my mind mostly because I’m in the process of weeding the 800s (poetry, plays, and more). Weeding doesn’t bother me. If we were a public archive, it would be an issue, but I don’t mind getting rid of older books that aren’t circulating, especially since we regularly get new books added to the collection that often have updated information.
…but…I did check out a few of the books on the list to keep them in the collection a little longer, plus I made a display of some of them in hopes that they might catch the eye of a patron.