On Wed, 17 Jun 1998, Jeanne Trahan Faubell wrote:
> federal property disposition rules and weeding procedures. What do
> you do with superceded sets of legal publications, such as Collier on
> Bankruptcy 15th Edition and Moore's Federal Practice 2nd Edition. There
> are complete new revised sets out, and the Book Exchange Program
Sometimes an attorney wants to keep the superceded set in his/her office
for a few years. In that case, I CLEARLY mark the material superceded,
"Current edition (#) is in library" and give it to him/her. Every few
years, I'll do an inventory of the offices, and say "Oh, these books are
SO outdated now that they are dangerous. Let me take them off your
hands." I take them to the dumpster.
If no attorney wants it, and if the university law library across the
street doesn't want it, then I just toss it. I certainly do not want to
keep superceded materials in the collection here. I worked too long and
hard to get everything current.
For general reference works that I *have* to update annually, I will
sometimes pass the prior edition to another federal library. In a lot of
cases, keep the entire run, so I white out the Ref line of the call number
and house it in the general circulating collection.
-Kay Collins, Head Librarian, U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, Chicago