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Why Hennepin County Library is destroying thousands of books

“Hundreds of thousands of perfectly good books are being tossed in recycling bins at a Hennepin County library. An outraged library worker was told “that’s the way it works, so get used to it,” but she still thinks it’s a waste. The library worker says many books are going straight from a shelf to a dumpster. As a county employee and a book lover, it’s put her in a tough spot. “It made me feel sick,” she said. “I was horrified.” Officially, the Hennepin County Library system says they “deselect” about 500,000 books, DVDs and other material every year. Many of those materials are sold, and the last resort is recycling.” (via KMSP-TV)

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UNH library halts book disposal after complaints

“Administrators at University of New Hampshire’s Dimond Library have put on hold an effort to discard little-used books and periodicals, in response to complaints received this week from faculty members and students. Tracey Lauder, assistant dean for library administration, said the sight of a Dumpster outside the library filled with books may have upset some, but the “weeding out” of older titles is a necessary part of life at any library.” (via Union Leader)

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Thousands of UNH library books found in dumpster

“A dumpster on the campus of the University of New Hampshire is filling up with books from Dimond Library, and professors want to know why. Librarians said they need to make room for new science books, but one art history professor said they are throwing out volumes worth keeping. A 20-yard bin that sits behind the library is filling up with books.” (via WMUR)

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A tomb for tomes: Warehouse holds 24,511 library books awaiting dumpster

“Public library books are sent to the dumpster when they violate what some Lafayette librarians jokingly call the “three booger rule.” The term refers to books too soiled, stinky or damaged to be saved. The Lafayette Public Library will need to junk 24,511 such books this year. Library administrator Teresa Elberson used a battered copy of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” to explain.” (via The Advertiser)

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In Fairfax County, protests over dumping of library books could not be hushed

The parking lot was jammed, cars snaking along the road and into the neighborhood. The meeting room in Annandale was packed, with a satellite location for the overflow audience. Two police officers in body armor stood guard. This mob at George Mason Regional Library could get unruly, I guess. That’s what happens when you toss 250,000 books into trash bins.” (via The Washington Post)

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Discarded Books, Recovered Nostalgia

“In cursing e-readers and extolling the virtues of dusty, tree-killing books, one risks blowing the trumpet of the curmudgeonly grump. Nevertheless, while books may not necessarily make for a better reading experience, they are superior as subject matter for a photo project. (I defy you, dear reader, to find a loving portrait of a Nook.) To wit, witness Kerry Mansfield’s “Expired,” a series whose substance is the physicality of discarded and withdrawn library books. She brings the lens in close, showing worn edges and torn covers and photographing the ephemera of the library experience: the check-out cards and the paper pockets they went into, for example. She includes beloved titles like Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Dr. Seuss’s “Hop on Pop,” but also obscure ones like Evelyn Sibley Lampman’s “The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek.” (via NYTimes.com)

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