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Being hesitant about weeding reference collections is why many reference 
collections contain reference titles that are sadly out of date.  Although I agree 
that one shouldn't rely entirely on electronic databases, having out-of-date or 
no-longer-useful material in the reference collection takes up room that could be 
used for newer material.  It is hard to rid the collection of those "old 
faithfuls," but it should be done.

>>> LM_NET automatic digest system <LISTSERV@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU> 1/22/2008 11:52 PM 
Date:    Tue, 22 Jan 2008 18:55:01 -0600
From:    Melissa Davis <mbdavis50@SUDDENLINK.NET>
Subject: GEN: WEEDING - particularly reference books

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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