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Poolio

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Re: Library talk
« Reply #45 on: August 15, 2013, 03:30:42 PM »

Oh dear...

At my old public library, we did 3 things with those types of materials:
1) Saved a copy of "worthwhile"* materials in the annex. *This was never clearly defined and changed wildly with whoever was in charge of the annex.
2) Book sale!!
3) Hired a company to quietly recycle them.

Or, you could just have a bonfire.
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« Reply #46 on: August 15, 2013, 03:47:48 PM »

When asking a library listserv for ways to recycle about 2700 withdrawn STEM titles from the 1910's-1960's, here is a sampling of really bad advice:

1) Make something crafty out of them, like purses or tables.
2) Send them to prisons or to an African village.
3) Why are you trying to recycle books?  Libraries should be stewards of the printed word.
4) Freecycle or Craigslist.
5) Find someone interested them.

When I reframed my query again mentioning the 2700 out-of-date titles and needing it done in as few steps as possible, the lightbulb went off and I got this advice:

1) Make something crafty out of them, like purses or tables.
2) Send them to prisons or to an African village.
3) Why are you trying to recycle books?  Libraries should be stewards of the printed word.
4) Freecycle or Craigslist.
5) Find someone interested them.
Is option two a holdover from the 50s? And of course option five gets to the heart of the problem.
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Re: Library talk
« Reply #47 on: August 15, 2013, 03:51:41 PM »

I thought I was going to be all smart and suggest dumping them in an Abitibi Paper Retriever bin, but I see now that they do not accept hard back books.
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Re: Library talk
« Reply #48 on: August 16, 2013, 08:42:33 AM »

Or, you could just have a bonfire.

I've actually looked into this as something to do during banned book week, but, after that bonfire collapse at Texas A&M a few years ago, college administrations are somewhat reluctant to host events involving giant burning things.  Wusses.
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Re: Library talk
« Reply #49 on: August 16, 2013, 08:51:38 AM »

Thankfully you found someone who was interested in the books.
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« Reply #50 on: August 16, 2013, 09:07:25 AM »

Thankfully you found someone who was interested in the books.

Indeed, but that was that massive weeding project, not this massive weeding project.  The other stinky wrinkle is that I've been charged to find transportation myself since the university has removed itself from the book removal game.
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Re: Library talk
« Reply #51 on: August 16, 2013, 09:31:02 AM »

D'Oh... Time to employ a company who'll handle pick-up (if your budget allows for it).
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Re: Library talk
« Reply #52 on: August 16, 2013, 01:08:24 PM »

This doesn't really solve your problem, but I saw an awesome way of dealing with books like this: turn them into book furniture! I saw a chair constructed out of books, using at least 200.  And I found an image of a counter in which the base was made of books as well.  Looked like subway tile, but books instead. 

Completely inefficient use of space, though.

Good luck!
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Re: Library talk
« Reply #53 on: August 16, 2013, 03:40:05 PM »

Thankfully you found someone who was interested in the books.

Indeed, but that was that massive weeding project, not this massive weeding project.  The other stinky wrinkle is that I've been charged to find transportation myself since the university has removed itself from the book removal game.

That stinky wrinkle is unfortunate, but not impossible to iron out. Contact me.
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« Reply #54 on: August 16, 2013, 08:33:30 PM »

Our local library posted an image on facebook with the title "I like big books and I cannot lie..." with the request to complete the line. This is my favorite response

I like big books and I cannot lie
You other brothers can't deny
That when a librarian walks in with a brand new tome
And a rounded spine - that aint' been cracked
You want to be the first to get your hands on that
'Cause you notice that book
Was stuffed with deep thought
And new ideas you crave to be taught

I'm hooked and I can't stop reading.

Oh book, I wanna get with you
I wanna be the first and write a review
My homeboys try to ward me off
but my cravings too deep - just let them scoff
(They aint never read no Anton Chekhov)
They claim, you are too theoretical
But I don't care if you have no art
Book, you got the theme that sings to my heart
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Re: Library talk
« Reply #55 on: August 19, 2013, 08:36:07 AM »

This doesn't really solve your problem, but I saw an awesome way of dealing with books like this: turn them into book furniture! I saw a chair constructed out of books, using at least 200.  And I found an image of a counter in which the base was made of books as well.  Looked like subway tile, but books instead. 
When asking a library listserv for ways to recycle about 2700 withdrawn STEM titles from the 1910's-1960's, here is a sampling of really bad advice:

1) Make something crafty out of them, like purses or tables.
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Re: Library talk
« Reply #56 on: August 19, 2013, 01:09:43 PM »

Chekhov didn't write the kinds of books that would make white girls jelly.

They were all short stories and plays.

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Re: Library talk
« Reply #57 on: August 20, 2013, 07:51:46 PM »

Because the Beastie Boys are awesome.

http://vimeo.com/66169135
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Re: Library talk
« Reply #58 on: August 21, 2013, 12:55:32 PM »

That is awesome!
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« Reply #59 on: November 14, 2013, 02:33:55 PM »

Brilliant.

http://everylibrary.org/theworstelection2013/

The Lafourche Louisiana Parish Public Library is facing the most offensive opposition I’ve ever seen in a library election:  “ ‘They’re teaching Mexicans how to speak English,’ the council chairman said in reference to Biblioteca Hispana, a Hispanic-language segment of the Golden Meadow library branch. ‘Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico. There’s just so many things they’re doing that I don’t agree with. … Them junkies and hippies and food stamps (recipients) and all, they use the library to look at drugs and food stamps (on the Internet). I see them do it.’
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