Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

Friday Fiction – Fear Street

Cheerleaders: The Third Evil
Fear Street

Submitter: My middle school students love the Goosebumps series, but this little gem hasn’t left the shelves since 2005. I think the line on the front is my favorite: “Fight, fight, fight or die, die, die!” Sounds like a great companion to a B horror movie like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

Holly: I remember when these were popular. It’s hard to believe this one was 22 years ago! In most cases I would say these are an easy weeder if they don’t circulate anymore. However… R.L. Stine is apparently bringing these back in October 2014, so you might want to hang onto them for the resurgence in popularity. That said, I would only give them one more school year to show some circulation action. If your students aren’t into it, move on to something else.


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Bottom-Up Marketing

Bottom-Up Marketing
Ries & Trout

This was recently weeded from my very own library – a medium-sized public library. Al Ries and Jack Trout are important business men. One could even argue that their books are “core” titles for a public library business collection. I’ll argue that they were core titles until the mid- to late-90s and now their work can be found, fully detailed, online and through databases that my library subscribes to.

This particular title is going to depend on individual libraries, their collection goals, and their library missions. Some of you are going to disagree with me – and that’s ok! In my particular library, patrons are more interested in current business theories and practices than their histories. We are fortunate to have access to a number of business databases, we have plenty of public computers to go around, and we even have a multitude of librarians at the ready at any given time. For us, this kind of thing sits untouched year after year while new business books fly off the shelves.

In a business library, an academic library, and maybe even a large public library, this might still be considered essential. If you have the space and the need, by all means keep it.

We weeded it.


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Do the Jitterbug

How to Jitterbug

Submitter: It totally doesn’t belong in the children’s library collection anymore, but it’s more AWESOME Library Book than Awful (actually, one of my coworkers took it home for her own collection as soon as I showed it to her).


You’ll notice it’s actually copyright 1984 so it could be much worse, but like I said, I still think this is more an AWESOME discovery than an awful one, anyway.

Holly: It is pretty awesome…for a library other than yours or mine. I am absolutely shocked that the record survived the decades! It seems older than 1984, but I’m no dancer. Would the jitterbuggers among us enlighten me? Was this still a thing in 1984? Is it still a thing now?

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