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On This Episode of Library Hoarders . . . ME

You see this file cabinet?


When I got hired for my current job, this file cabinet was in the back office. Full of files put in there by my predecessor.

After I got hired I took a look in there and said, “I’ll wait a year and see if I end up needing any of those files before I start cleaning it out.”

That was a decade ago.

Two weeks ago I finally cleared it out, realized -surprise – I didn’t need any of that stuff, and got that giant clunker out of the office.

I, like many librarians (and people) can have a hard time parting with stuff. If you take anything away from this short story I hope it is this: don’t wait and see on the file cabinet. Get that old clunker out of there.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Colby Sharp says:

    Well done, sir.

  2. Vicki Kouchnerkavich says:

    I’m retiring in one month and I’m hardly leaving anything for the next person. So much has changed in the 25 years plus, that paper stuff isn’t necessary as it once was.