I’m the practical librarian, not the sentimental archivist, but our collection has one decades old book that’s never checked out and that I will not discard. Our school will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary in 2019 and this title was presented to the library in 1973. The inscription reads:
To Georges Vanier Elementary School Library
From their first librarian Dorothy Wells (Mrs. L)
Presented Dec. 20, 1973
Something about the note implies a fondness for the position and perhaps reluctance to leave. Librarians build on and shape the book choices that came before us. The library collection morphs to reflect the clients but it is also a mirror to the librarian that selected the books…so we’re keeping this one.