[Library Media] Weeding Woes

Joseph Nielsen Joseph.Nielsen at slcschools.org
Thu May 5 12:40:07 MDT 2016

My favorite elevator speech;

"Well, it was a quite shocking, I must say -- there was blood everywhere!" Alfred Hitchcock began suddenly from the rear of the elevator.  We were in the New York St. Regis Hotel, heading down to the lobby. There was as light flush to his cheeks from the several frozen daiquiris he had just drunk in his suite. The elevator had just stopped and 3 people dressed for the evening had joined us, and immediately Mr. Hitchcock had started to speak, sounding as though he were in midsentence and projecting in that careful and familiar TV tone of his.

He went on, "There was as stream of blood coming from his ear and another from his mouth.

The people had recognized him immediately, but now they seemed purposely to avoid looking at him. He went right on, gazing beatifically ahead of him as the elevator stopped again and another well-dressed couple came aboard: "Of course, there was a huge pool of blood on the floor and his clothes were spattered with it -- Oh, it was a horrible mess."

No one on the elevator, it seemed, was breathing. "Blood all around! Well, I looked at the poor man and I said, 'Good God, What happened to you?'" At that point the elevator doors opened onto the lobby, and Hitchcock said, "Do you know what he told me?" and then paused. After a moment, and quite reluctantly, the other passengers moved out of the elevator and then looked back at the director as we walked away.

After several foggy moments, I asked, "Well, what DID he say?" and Hitchcock smiled benevolently, taking my arm, and said, "Oh, nothing -- that's just my elevator story."

        -- Peter Bogdonavich, in April Harper's Magazine

It would be great if we were all so creative in our elevator talks.

Joseph R. Nielsen
Library Technology Teacher
Hawthorne Elementary
Salt Lake City School District

From: library-media [mailto:library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org] On Behalf Of Selena Campbell
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2016 9:28 AM
To: library-media at lists.uen.org
Subject: [Library Media] Weeding Woes

I came across this article about weeding in the most recent American Libraries magazine.

We've posted this article on the UELMA FB site as well.

Hope it will provide some insight.  It's a great follow up to the "Wacked Out on Weeding" breakout session by Sarah Herron, Dawn Ann Bullough and Tiffany Hall at our most recent UELMA conference in March.


Weeding without Worry | American Libraries Magazine<http://bit.ly/1Zi73Rm>
Library weeding gets a bad reputation, thanks in part to weeding horror stories. Transparency and communication can help ease weeding woes.

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