Collection Management or Dumbing Down?

Ron Force writes \"The Seattle Weekly has a story about the Seattle Public Library\'s cutting their journal collection by 25%. Users and librarians are worried that unique research titles are being sacrificed to maintain popular, but shallow titles.

\"Food librarian Linda Saunto howled when she saw the magazine Slow Food marked for cutting--in this hotbed of the Slow Food movement--and got assurances it will be retained. But librarians worry that such off-center choices, which serve Seattle\'s special needs and quirks, will disappear from the increasingly mainstream collection. \"The library will end up with a very bright, shiny collection,\" says Sheets, \"just like every other library in the country.\"