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I don't want to be a 'Chicken Little' but, before you do major 
weeding of expensive reference books you might want to reconsider 
your decision. Yes, right now your state or regional organization is 
funding very nice databases. BUT when economic hard times arrive (did 
you hear the news tonight?) that funding may disappear very quickly. 
What will your students use in their research assignments then?

This happened to us in Texas in 2001. Texas schools have only this 
year begun receiving state funded databases again!

So, I would recommend waiting a bit to weed Reference very deeply. 
See what happens over the next year economically.


Melissa Davis,                          phone: 281-689-6343
Librarian, Splendora Junior High                fax: 281-689-8445
Library Coordinator, Splendora ISD                  work:
Splendora, Tx 77372                             home:

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