Mr. Teacherman, who’s been teaching here for 30+ years, just walked by as I was weeding through our stacks and was kind enough to offer his opinion.
"I really think we should keep all these books so they can be used."
I replied, “Used by….you?” Said with maybe just a little attitude, I’ve been expecting this conversation.
Teach: “No, the students. They should be here so they can peruse.”
Me: “OK, well I don’t think students are ‘perusing’ these [conservative christian books published in 1930]. We also don’t need six copies of each title.”
Teach: “Well they used to be used for reference.”
Me: “These are all available online, for free.”
Teach: “Sometimes it’s difficult to get online and it’s nice to have the book.”
Me: “That can be true. But I’m saving one or two copies, so they’ll be here if students need them.” Students will never ‘need’ these books.
Teach: “This is just my two cents. I think it’s good to save things and books.”
Me: “It’s hard for me to get rid of books, too. But we can’t just save things to save them. We don’t have enough room. They aren’t being used. I think we need new books.” Or any books published since 1972.
Teach: “Oh I think so, too, new books would be great.”