Deaccession Library (2006)

Deaccessioning, or weeding, is a vital process that allows librarians to replace outdated, inaccurate, unpopular and/or physically damaged books with newer, more pertinent materials. The purpose of the Library is to highlight the obscure, trivial and misleading so as to better understand the relevant, the beautiful and the true.

The Library's catalog represents the only known large-scale public record of books passing out of currency in American public libraries. The 5,000 titles in the database were recorded by hand over 6 years of cross-country travel to 30 U.S. states.

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Deaccessioning, or weeding, is a vital process that allows librarians to replace outdated, inaccurate, unpopular and/or physically damaged books with newer, more pertinent materials. The purpose of the Library is to highlight the obscure, trivial and misleading so as to better understand the relevant, the beautiful and the true.

The Library's catalog represents the only known large-scale public record of books passing out of currency in American public libraries. The 5,000 titles in the database were recorded by hand over 6 years of cross-country travel to 30 U.S. states.

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