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  •  Please don't avoid buying (9+ / 0-)

    all books with library markings. As the diarist points out, they're not all stolen. Many libraries have a revenue stream of selling discards, duplicates and unwanted gifts. Look for a Discard or Withdrawn stamp that has the library's name and/or logo on the stamp.

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      SilentBrook, Cassandra Waites, dsb

      Libraries have x linear feet of shelf space. The collection needs to stay current. Therefore items must be discarded.

      The diarist was not warning against all books with library stamps, only those too recent to be legitimately discarded.

      Our library has a set routine of evaluating for discard. We go in call number order and pull all books published before a certain date. Let's use 1990 for an example. Anything newer than at least 20 years (in our library) would not be discarded unless a newer edition has superceeded it rendering information in the previous edition inaccurate or inapplicable.

      The books pulled for weeding review are segregated until faculty can evaluate them. Now, in some disciplines a book may be out of date in two or three years. In others a book that is decades old might be used frequently. The vast majority of books pulled for weeding return to the shelf.

      Again, don't let library markings discourage you from buying a book. Look for a discard or withdrawn stamp if you are suspicious. There may be legitimate reasons for newer works to be discarded. For instance, the library may have multiple copies of a work and decide one is sufficient.

      As the old adage goes, "If it's too good to be true ...."

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