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GUEST,DWR archiving our musical inheritance (14) RE: archiving our musical inheritance 22 Aug 09


Public libraries in general are poor places to put collections that are precious to you. They are continually disposing of excess materials in order to make room for more. Go to a library version of a yard sale and you'll see what I mean.

I could give you numerous examples of extremely important nearly one of a kind items that have been almost immediately dumped into the remainder bin by librarians who either didn't know the historic value of the items, or worse, didn't care. I have this information directly from several people who feel that their collections were treated badly.

Also, you may feel that a particular library has someone in charge who is going to treat these collections with care. What happens when that person is gone and the successor is of a different opinion? I have also seen that scene play out.

I know there is pretty much no one in my family who is even the least bit interested in roughly 90% of what I value. My thought is to try to pass what I have on to some like minded younger people. I have several in mind that I think will appreciate the materials and will use them with care and love. You can't ask for more than that.

How they handle the situation when it becomes their time to make the same decision will no longer be my problem.

Dale


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