Make room in your library, between heartbreak and moment of liberation
The novelist and semiotician Umberto Eco (1932-2016) was grateful to those who offered him books, but added with humor that they should simultaneously think of giving him a few square meters, because any personal library, as long as one cultivates a passion for reading, is doomed to thrive and grow to the point of saturation, when it is no longer possible to push the walls or expand the shelving.Can no longer enter.It is then necessary to practice what the French librarians officially call "weeding": taking a few titles to accommodate new ones.
It is not about throwing away books, so many alternatives exist in the circular and solidarity economy: putting them in reading boxes or street libraries, giving them to an association - Emmaüs, Secours populaire, Bibliothèque sans frontières… - or at the online bookstore Recyclivre, which collects them at home; offer them on barter sites between individuals or put them on the stall at garage sales, etc.But how to sort, how to choose which ones to separate?
Also subject to limited space, public libraries devoid of reserves have had, since the end of the 1970s, a series of criteria summarized by the acronym “Ioupi”.Either “i” for incorrect or false information; “O” for ordinary, superficial, mediocre; "U" for worn, deteriorated, ugly; "P" for obsolete; "I" for inadequate, too specialized, not corresponding to the fund.Books dated more than ten years which have not been borrowed for thirty-six months and which meet one or more "Ye" factors are, alas, serious candidates for elimination.
Posted Date: 2021-01-03