Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development


Portraits in Silicon

Portraits in Silicon

Submitter: I couldn’t weed this book fast enough as soon as I saw it in the 920’s at my library. Some of the profiles of early innovators such as Charles Babbage and Alan Turing still might be relevant. However, a copyright date of 1987 means this title doesn’t include anyone like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, or Jerry Yang and Dave Filo. It does, however, have a profile of Steve Jobs, featuring a photo of him with a lovely, full head of hair.

Holly: But it’s historical! Nah, just kidding. Submitter is from a public library in Michigan (not Silicon Valley, not a research institution, not an archive…) I think we all know where I’m going with this. Just weed it and move on.

More Bleeding Edge:

Ancient Chinese Science

Computers from Olden Times

Sally Ride

Video Relics

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Butcher, Baker, Cabinetmaker

Butcher Baker, Cabinetmaker: Photogrpahs of Women at Work
Saul and Heyman

Submitter: See all the jobs a woman can have. Not only is it way out of date, but it’s way too young and embarrassing.

Holly: The text does seem to be for a young audience, and Submitter is right that it is very out of date. At least they chose things like sheep farmer and architect to highlight; not just traditionally female roles.

More Women at Work:

But Who Will Do the Cooking and Cleaning?

You’re Going to Make It After All

Working for the (Wo)man

How to Play Nice with the Boys at Work

Lady Jobs

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Intruder in Your Home: How to Defend Yourself Legally With a Firearm

Submitter: I found this book on my local urban public library. I think it was a good purchase for 1983. A bit scary, but that’s one way to present the information. However, more than half this book covers states’ rights on how to defend yourself. Out of date now. Just as an example, Florida’s Stand Your Ground law was enacted in 2005. That won’t be covered in this book.

Holly: Suuuuper creepy cover! Look, this book is filled with outdated statistics. That alone makes it a weeder for most public libraries.

Side note: The section [included below] about sleepwalkers creeped me right the heck out. Little known fact: I’m a chronic sleepwalker. I have regular (weekly-ish) episodes where I lash out and scream and holler. The Husband is not amused, but really he should be thanking me. I’m trying to save his life, ya know? We can never have a firearm in our bedroom.

More Safety:

Home Firearm Safety

Safety First

Child Safety is No Accident!

Groovy Self Defense

Surviving Hostage Situations

Implement Weaponry

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