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99% Invisible

354- Weeding is Fundamental

37:57 | May 14th, 2019

2 recommendations
Libraries get rid of books all the time. There are so many new books coming in every day and only a finite amount of library space. The practice of freeing up library space is called weeding. When the...Show More


mm recommended:Jul 28th, 2019

This episode wasn’t about weeding plants but weeding library books (i.e. getting rid of books from the library collection). I love physical books so this was heartbreaking for me to hear the weeding of 100k library books in SF’s library. The heist of books was hilarious though!

epekilis recommended:Jul 13th, 2019

Another brilliant episode of 99% Invisible where they use the specific, people-centred story to illustrate big picture principles. When we cull a collection, what are we losing? Do we care? E-books are not completely displacing hard copy books, which are continuing to grow in popularity and usage...Show More