The Weeding Discourse is happening and so I am going to do a πŸ”“ thread and it's actually pretty fun and informative and it will involve some caps since my feels are high and my blood sugar is low! Follow along to learn some stuff about libraries and ... Satanism!*

*does not really contain Satanism

Penn State has some ABSOLUTELY BONKERS books about Satanism.

These books are from the height of the Satanic panic. Just... absolutely wild, hysterics stuff...

and you know why we have them????

BECAUSE WE ARE PART OF A SHARED BORROWING AGREEMENT.

You can see in our catalog record:

"At least one physical copy must be retained in PSUL's holdings until January 1st, 2043."

We will lend this copy to any library that wants it! In the WORLD!

(the item is also digitized and available in HathiTrust for people with print disabilities! /preservation)

This means other libraries can make space on their shelf for newer, more relevant books WHILE THIS IMPORTANT HYSTERICAL HISTORICAL DOCUMENT IS AVAILABLE TOO.

If a couple libraries keep it AND commit to lend it, VOILA others can make room!

We have lots more things we are committing to retain that are... not about Satanism, it's just if you know me you know that I ended up in our Satanism section like "well what have we HERE?"

All people who are like BUT THE PRECIOUS NUGGETS OF INFORMATION are acting like librarians don't know that even a 1988 book called SATANISM: IS YOUR FAMILY SAFE? is something that someone might need for their research, even while most libraries can get rid of it!

I DON'T KNOW WHY THE WEEDING DISCOURSE IS MAKING ME THINK OF THE SATANIC PANIC. <_<

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