Peace in Vietnam

Peace in Vietnam: A New Approach in Southeast Asia
American Friends Service Committee

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purchased from another library after they discarded it- I don’t know when it was purchased, but it was already sadly out of date when this library was established in 1973, let alone when it was added to the new ILS last year, or the one before that.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!

Peace in Vietnam Preface

Peace in Vietnam

Peaace in Vietnam - Possibilities

Peace in Vietnam Conclusion


  1. Despite being outdated, a Quaker’s guide to the Vietnam War does sound very interesting.

  2. Sigh. In 1966, I was eleven. The Vietnam War continued for another nine years.
    Yes, an odd choice for a small, rural library, especially as a post-war acquisition. I can only suspect that someone thought materials on the beginnings of the on-going war were important. Someone’s likely making a similar “error” about the Afghanistan conflict right now.

  3. Wow – this book was always doomed to be out of date fairly quickly. I guess it is an interesting historical source, but only if clearly labelled. I wonder how many kids have written completely wrong homework papers because this was the only text they read.

  4. Submitter here- no worries about the amount weeded. I made my plans clear to the Board of Trustees before I started the weed, and have explained to anyone else who asked that I’m only discarding stuff that hasn’t circulated in several years (8 years, in the case of adult fiction, for example- at my last large, metropolitan library the cutoff was about 2 years, so I took into account the size of the community when deciding how many years to give them) or has outdated information. All I’ve gotten is positive responses, and people raving about how much nicer the shelves look now that they’re not so packed.

  5. At least at this point, it’s searchable in HathiTrust but not readable (unless you have a print disability waiver at a member library that’s arranged for that). However, I agree that this doesn’t belong in most library collections today. (It might still have a place in a large research library that was collecting primary sources on the history of the antiwar movement, but not in a tiny rural library.)

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