Submitter: I just took over as director of a tiny rural library. The previous director was not a professional librarian, and was not a weeder; I’ve been here a month and have already weeded more than 2000 titles. Just got to the Adult Non-fiction section, and among MANY gems, I found this. It was actually purchased from another library after they discarded it- I don’t know when it was purchased, but it was already sadly out of date when this library was established in 1973, let alone when it was added to the new ILS last year, or the one before that.
Holly: It’s also available in Hathi Trust, so there’s really no reason to keep it. It’s an especially odd choice for a tiny, rural, public library. Weeding 2000 titles in a month is a LOT – especially for a small library! Be careful to communicate clearly with staff and patrons about why all those books are leaving the shelves. It sounds like it is definitely needed, but we always suggest getting ahead of the PR end of things with a big weed. Good luck, Submitter!