May 19, 2022

Book Weeding Causes Concerns at Emporia State University

From the The Emporia Gazette (824 Words):

Recent rumors around town have sparked interest in the “weeding out” of books at the William Allen White Library on the campus of Emporia State University.

The situation is a bit more involved than most of the questions library officials have been answering from concerned citizens this week.

This is why the university has asked their internal auditor to look at the process on weeding out the books and the best possible option to deal with the titles that are being removed.

In short, the library has slated a good amount of books to take out of the library, but not in the book burning style that many have imagined.


As the university auditor begins to look at the situation, the weeding out of books is at a stand-still.

“It’s a process of constantly looking at getting enough space for all the books,” [Gwen] Larson, [assistant director of marketing and media relations for the Emporia St. University] said. “We’d love to keep everything and continue, but that’s not the nature of the business. So it’s a balancing act of doing what is best for our audience.”

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See Also: Replacement and Deselection of Materials Policy (via Emporia St. University Libraries and Archives)

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