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Interesting thread.  I have to say, the well intentioned "nobless
oblige" can apply right here at home.  When I arrived in a district and
high school that were new to me, I immediately began weeding the fiction
section.  There were many many books that were 25 and 30 years old with
uninspired pastel covers, and which had not circulated for 10 to 20
years.  I was putting them on a cart in preparaton for shipping to the
district warehouse for disposal (per the district policy), when one of
the Vice Principals dropped by the library.  She informed me that I
needed to first put these on a cart for students to choose, because
students in the area were so poor that their parents could not afford to
buy books for them.  The message being that if it's not good enough for
everybody, it was still good enough for poor folk.  I know she meant
well, butI was offended.  However, as I was brand new, I did not say
anything.  What I did do was quietly ship them to the warehouse. 
Actually, someone told me that this VP routinely went through boxes on
the loading dock and retrieved materials she thought were still useful,
so I loaded the boxes in my own car and delivered them personally to the
warehouse.  Nothing was ever said and my fiction section was much

Linda S. Wilson, Library/Teacher
McKay High School
2440 Lancaster Dr. NE
Salem, Oregon 97305

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where we can find information upon it." Samuel Johnson

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