Fairfax County Library responds

The Fairfax County, Virginia, library director Edwin S. Clay responded via their blog about their new policy regarding which books to discard.   I wrote about this story when it first appeared earlier this week.  In the meantime, articles in the New York Times (“Hello Grisham, Good bye Hemingway?”) and Wall Street Journal (“Checked Out“) have referenced this.

Good to see the library responding via their blog.   Unless we can figure out how to store all these books that are never read, it is better to use the space for other needs of the community. 

Perhaps there are other solutions, but they are all at a cost.  I think the most interesting responses/solutions on this topic have been over at Taming the Web and Byzantium Shores.  Over at Valis,  all of the responses to this topic in the blogosphere have been tracked. 


2 Responses to “Fairfax County Library responds”

  1. 1 Jon Swift January 6, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    I quite agree that the needs of the community should come first. The community certainly doesn’t “need” dusty old classic books, or really, when you come right down to it, any books at all.

  2. 2 Derek Treichelt January 7, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    Wow! The article about weeding in Fairfax, Virginia, blew me away. It brought back memories of How To Kill a Mockingbird and the impact it had on me as a high school student learning about concepts like racism.

    Are there certain books that should be read as part of a cultural literacy? Old or new? Harper Lee’s book is probably a poor example, but I would like to think that when populations read the same literature it can lead to dialogues regardless of perspective, which then might become an avenue for compromise or problem solving.

    This is probably too much of a reach…

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