Editor’s Note

SIDNEY E. BERGER

Abstract

The present issue emanates from the excellent panel at the 37th RBMS preconference at Cornell University in July 1996. The topic of the panel was Deaccessioning, one of the necessary evils(?) of librarianship, and certainly a controversial issue. Only recently the subject flared up in heated debate and resonant censure when the San Francisco Public Library was criticized for discarding thousands upon thousands of its books.


The lead article, by Richard Oram, emerges from a survey he did on deaccessioning. He points out that this activity is not at all uncommon in special collections libraries, and the responses that he . . .

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