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If you did, I did too.  But this is now April 2008, and I'll be very surprised if anyone answers.  Here's a question, anyway:  I've heard that there is a way to calculate the monetary value of shelf space in your library (someone mentioned that she heard this at a conference).  I've been looking at the literature, and I'm not finding anything about this.  I'm interested because I'd like to make a dollars and cents argument for weeding out the old stuff.  Anyone have any ideas on this? - Janet
 
If you did, I did too.  But this is now April 2008, and I'll be very surprised if anyone answers.  Here's a question, anyway:  I've heard that there is a way to calculate the monetary value of shelf space in your library (someone mentioned that she heard this at a conference).  I've been looking at the literature, and I'm not finding anything about this.  I'm interested because I'd like to make a dollars and cents argument for weeding out the old stuff.  Anyone have any ideas on this? - Janet
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I haven't heard of this exactly, but I do like the idea.  When it comes to monetary-izing library stuff, I always think of the [http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/library_info/calculator.html Library Value Calculator] (and [http://maine.gov/msl/services/calculator.htm here]) - not exactly the same thing, but it does put a "price" on books.  You could then translate that into shelf space.  For weeding purposes, though, it seems like putting a price on shelf space would require not only calculating how much storing books cost, but calculating what else that space could be used for.--[[User:herzogbr|herzogbr]] 1:58, 23 Apr 2008

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Hi. I arranged this list in alpha (you can take the librarian out of the library...). Hope this doesn't upset anyone. I added my handle rather than my real name, because I would have been first ;\ Walkingpaper 23:34, 9 Jul 2005 (EDT)

Ha! I was just waiting to see how long it would take for someone to do that! Luke usually follows behind me making my formatting prettier on the ALA Wiki. :) --Meredith 10 July 2005

One more thing. It was late Saturday night when I did this, so I didn't consider that this list might benefit from being Last, First when more people add their names. --Walkingpaper 12:19, 11 Jul 2005 (EDT)

I kind of like it alphabetized by first name, actually. It's more "friendly" (rather than being like a school roster). --Meredith 2:23, 11 July 2005 (EDT)

Now that I've finally stumbled into wiki land I see no one has been here in years - did I miss the bus? Charlotte

If you did, I did too. But this is now April 2008, and I'll be very surprised if anyone answers. Here's a question, anyway: I've heard that there is a way to calculate the monetary value of shelf space in your library (someone mentioned that she heard this at a conference). I've been looking at the literature, and I'm not finding anything about this. I'm interested because I'd like to make a dollars and cents argument for weeding out the old stuff. Anyone have any ideas on this? - Janet

I haven't heard of this exactly, but I do like the idea. When it comes to monetary-izing library stuff, I always think of the Library Value Calculator (and here) - not exactly the same thing, but it does put a "price" on books. You could then translate that into shelf space. For weeding purposes, though, it seems like putting a price on shelf space would require not only calculating how much storing books cost, but calculating what else that space could be used for.--herzogbr 1:58, 23 Apr 2008

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