Given we are at the 50 year mark for the Apollo 11 moon landing, I thought it would be appropriate for us to take a moment and think about weeding when a significant date or anniversary pops up. All of
The TV Theme Song Sing-Along Songbook
Submitter: Here’s a blast from the past! What’s crazy is that the public library this book came from was recently rebuilt/added onto and every book was re-shelved. You’d think someone would have noticed this?
Peace in Vietnam: A New Approach in Southeast Asia
American Friends Service Committee
Submitter: I just took over as director of a tiny rural library. The previous director was not a professional librarian, and was not a weeder; I’ve been here a month and have already weeded more than 2000 titles.
I get that someone might want a book about organizing a kid’s room. The premise isn’t too bad. Adapt your design for your kid’s particular needs. However, this book is like taking a class on room design. Crappy illustrations not withstanding. All that is missing is homework and a Powerpoint presentation.
A reader reached out and asked if they could share an anecdote about an interaction with a faculty member over their weeding process. We thought that was a great idea, and we welcome other case studies as well. Do you have a weeding story to share? Here are some ideas:
“My boss won’t let me weed” – How did you approach the boss, and what was their response?
“I took over a job from a long-time hoarder.” – How did you approach cleaning up that mess?
“I weeded something that turned out to be important.” – Oops! How did you remedy the situation?
“My library is starting a large weeding project.” – Did you create a weeding plan? What was the approach to get staff and patrons on board?
Below is a description of our first case study submitter’s interaction.
The Magic of Jello 100 New and Favorite Recipes of Fun with Jell-o 1998 We haven’t seen a Jello book in a long time. This one isn’t as scary as previous examples we have featured on our site, but there
ust Curious, Jeeves
Mingo and Barrett
Submitter: [Edited by Holly for length] This is yet another of those books that compiles trivia “you’ve always wondered about,” much the same as David Feldman’s popular “Imponderables” series. This book is, however, quite transparently an open advertisement for the old Ask Jeeves website, a one-time contender in the search-engine wars that was started in 1996 and marketed itself around encouraging users to submit searches in the form of a question.
Excel 2000: A Tutorial to Accompany Peter Norton’s Introduction to Computers
Submitter: I found this gem on the library’s shelves. It’s very old, and needs to be retired and replaced. It even comes with a CD.