A sad sight

Poor planning put those books in the dumpster

By TNH Editorial Staff
On April 22, 2014

The sight of a dumpster filled with books is breaking the hearts of many book-lovers throughout campus, including both faculty and staff. And while all the fingers are being pointed at the Dimond library administration, there is larger problem.

The library in itself is not to blame for the disposal of all these volumes, although it may appear that way on the surface. 

The problem is not the removal of books from the library, but the way in which the removal is being carried out.

The biological sciences library was forced out of Kendall Hall to create a "swing space" while other renovation go on around campus, according to an article from the April 11, 2014 issue of The New Hampshire. Dimond library, according to its own administrators, was forced to act fast in preparation for the integration of the biological sciences library.

No time was allowed to plan a book sale where the discarded books could perhaps be purchased and used by new owners. Donating to another library was hardly an option, according administrators, as the books were so outdated they would probably be of no use to a modern library, but a private buyer might be interested in purchasing a few of the volumes.

The dumpster full of books does not seem to represent any disregard by the library, but rather the poor planning that ultimately put those books in that dumpster.

Yes it is hard to see books get thrown away, but in a library where there are almost 1.6 million books, missing 51,000 is manageable. It would have been preferable if the public had a chance to view these books and considering purchasing them, but rushed decision-making disallowed that.

Weeding out is a process libraries will periodically have to go through, but this usually leads to a sale of the books for low prices.

At UNH, the books were thrown away and forgotten.


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