I was quite fascinated to read these threads after spending Friday
discarding the first big batch of video in the history of the collection
here at Longwood Public Library. I was "forced" to do it because we have
reached our shelf capacity of 10,000 titles in the feature area. We
started by simply pulling the old brown cases (termed "ugly" by the
clerical staff) and checking the acquisition date and number of circs.
What we found were over 200 titles that were 10-13 years old, and still
circulating at least once in the past year. Most had over 300 circs.
Many are classics that we will of course replace (if they are still
available). However, I could hear my library school professor's voice
predicting 200 circs, or 5 years' shelf life. Like any beat-up book
that's still "good", patrons are checking them ou, and cleaning the heads
later. Yet I was feeling guilty about discarding them until I read the
post about how beat up most probably are.
So, in closing, I just want to say this list provides psychological as
well as professional support!
Longwood Public Library
Middle Island, NY 11953