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A Photographer’s Tribute to Discarded Library Books

Kerry Mansfield, Expired (courtesy the artist)

Happy Friday!  Library’s are constantly changing and one way they do so is by updating their collections.  As you may know, LML adds items nearly every day.  However, the space in a library does not grow as quickly as the collections themselves grow.  The best way to manage this is by discarding books regularly, a process called “weeding.”  Books are often weeded due to low popularity.  Books are also discarded when they are damaged beyond repair, but don’t worry, these books are quickly replaced if they’re popular!

This article talks about a photograph collection called Expired by Kerry Mansfied.  This collection of pictures, which will soon be published into a book by the same name document books that have been “Loved to Death,” where these books have been discarded by libraries due to irreparable damage.  According to Mansfield, “Each picture serves as an homage calling out palpable echoes etched into the pages by a margin-scrawled note, a yellowed coffee splatter or sticky peanut butter and jelly fingerprints,” writes Mansfield in a book essay. “It’s easy to feel a sense of abuse and loss, but they say much more. They show the evidence of everyone that has touched them, because they were well read, and often well-loved. They were not left on shelves, untouched.”

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