From the Kislak Stacks: When to Keep and When to Let Go: Re-purchasing an 18th-century Law Book for the Penn Libraries
Mitch Fraas, Director of Special Collections & Research Services in the Kislak Center, will consider how what libraries value changes over time and how sometimes this means as librarians we get a chance to reconsider past institutional decisions. This past year, the Penn Libraries acquired a 1762 volume of Pennsylvania laws…for the second time. That is, the book had been in the Penn Libraries for many decades before being de-accessioned and sold sometime in the mid-late twentieth century as a duplicate. Why did we decide we should reverse the decision of our predecessors? Why have multiple copies of the same book? This talk will explore these tricky curatorial questions and more.