Weeding

posted May 19, 2013, 6:41 PM by jj pionke
One of the things we talked about in several library classes was the need to weed out books from libraries.  Ironically, the public gets all upset when we weed but if we didn't weed, we wouldn't have any room for anything, especially the newest best sellers that the public may want.  At any rate, I'm currently at my parent's house while I job hunt, which is where everything I own is located.  Since I am not working in a physical location and are job hunting, I have "time" to do things like weed my library in preparation of moving.  It's not really about having the time so much as if I spent every second job searching I'd probably go bonkers.  It helps to have a few projects going to keep me engaged.  When one project gets frustrating, I switch to another.  I have about three right now and that seems to be a good number for the moment. 

At any rate, when I first started weeding, it was hard.  I've read and loved all of these books.  How do I get rid of them?  Some of them have been with me for quite a long time.  That said, once I got started, it quickly evened out and I started seeing the books that I had read only once, enjoyed, but was unlikely to pick up again.  I held onto many books because of my need for ready reference as a professor but now that my professorial duties are heavily curtailed and with the new job (wherever that might be), having a much different teaching focus, there's not as much of a need to keep the books that I only kept on hand to check sources or make recommendations.  Once I made this realization, I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I got all excited with the pulling and stacking.  A friend of mine was kind enough to help me by going through and deleting the entries from librarything as I pulled.  At one point, I had pulled out so many books that I had to go away for awhile so she could catch up.  I weeded out around 400 or so books and I still have many more that aren't getting weeded.  I'll do one more look through and then start the packing process so I am ready to go when I get that job.

I'm also finding it interesting that with the weeding of the library, I've come to the realization that I can also recycle my professional journals which are mostly issues of MLA.  While I will always have a deep love for English Literature, I will always be able to access the journals if I have a need to do so through the library I will work for which means that I don't have to pay movers to bring about 100 pounds of journals.  I kind of feel sorry for the recycling guys.  The recycling bucket is going to be quite heavy for the next several weeks.  This week's pick up includes 3.5 feet of paper from the picture in the previous entry as well as the rest of the household recycling.
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