Submitter: We missed weeding this until now because 1) it was classed in 282 and not 005 2) it was a reference item, so it wouldn’t have shown up on a no-circ report.
While some of the chapters are organized by topic (websites for Dioceses, Schools, etc), pgs 89-150 are a listing of bookmarks alphabetical by website name. Maybe not so handy.
Also includes gopher and FTP sites!
Holly: Can we talk about reference collections, you guys? Putting an item in a reference collection does not mean “keep it forever.” Submitter pointed out to me in a follow up email that this book likely got forgotten about when they moved it from what they call “room reference” to “basement reference.” We have to weed our reference collections (no matter where you put them or what you call them) just as frequently – if perhaps less intensely – as every other collection. Thank you, Submitter, for finding and weeding this one!
Second, I see items in reference collections all the time and wonder why they were ever labeled as reference in the first place. Why not circulate this? Items that are in high demand, rare or hard to replace, and expensive might warrant in-house use only. For everything else, why not circulate it? I’m wondering if other libraries place items in reference collections due to the format of the information (directories, encyclopedias, almanacs) or due to a genuine need to keep it close? Here’s an example: I see price guides for antiques or coin/paper money collections placed in reference a lot. The format of those books are definitely referency, but the way in which those materials are used by patrons requires them to spend time with the book, and maybe even have their specific collectible item with them while they use the book. Collectible price guides are not expensive. They’re not hard to find. They’re not irreplaceable. They are in high demand at my library, which is why we buy the most current edition each year and hang on to the last one or two editions as well – all checkout-able.
PSA of the day: weed your reference collections!!