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And you will note that in several places throughout the 600s, there are very similar books in other Dewey areas. For a small library, it may make sense to combine those items and reclassify as needed. The key here is to take each section piecemeal rather than worrying about them as a coherent group. It may even be best to break the task up among colleagues, if possible. 610 / Medicine and Health Snap on your latex gloves, and get ready for surgery—it’s about to get bloody. Be ruthless in weeding your health and medicine books.

Pluto is not a planet, and there’s technically no such thing as a Brontosaurus. How old are your books on the International Space Station? Or on Mars expeditions? Do your best to keep up-to-date in this section. It will be a heck of a job, for sure, but consider pulling everything five years and older for examination. Basic historical works on science, such as Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, should be retained, but weeding must be aggressive in the more Shelf by Shelf: 400s and 500s 33 time-sensitive areas to ensure the availability of accurate, up-to-date information.

It is hard. Many years were spent acquiring those collections—and many dollars, as well. But unless people are actually using them, it’s time for them to go. Replace with one of the car-care databases that are now available. Not Shelf by Shelf: 600s 37 only are they less expensive than the print materials but they are likely to get more use—it’s easier to take printouts to your garage than to lug one of those diagnostic manuals, which are really meant for professionals anyway. I hereby grant you permission to discard your old Chilton manuals if they are not in use (and I’m betting that they are not).

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