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What are the negative results of purging library records?

Libraries purge their records in reaction to Section 215. Why does a shortened life cycle for these records pose a hardship for libraries? In other words, if a library used to keep these records for, say, a year or longer, and in the face of Section 215 now purges weekly or daily, they're losing use of those records for 51 weeks or more--what benefit did the library used to have in keeping those records that extra 51 weeks?
posted by longhaultrucker on Nov 10, 2012 - 6 answers

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