Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

Getting Fired in 1974

Getting Fired
An American Ordeal
Tarrant
1974

Note the publication date. Yes, it was still on the shelf of a medium public library as of this writing. As many of you know, old career and job information just chaps my MLIS.

The author has a book sprinkled with personal accounts, some career advice and even marriage advice (cuz the little woman at home woman at home won’t understand). The best story from this chapter comes from a guy that hid the firing from his wife and banked his severance until he had another job. God forbid,  if his wife found out and he was regulated to chores and childcare. Notice “tell your family” is not the first item on the list.

I know this was a long time ago and perhaps there is value in the anachronistic stroll down memory lane, but think of patrons looking for help after losing their jobs right now.

Mary

More archaic career advice:

Dictate this!

Working for the (Wo)Man

DIY Sexual Harrassment

 

 

How Ironic!

The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline that Really Works!
Rosemond
2009

Submitter: A colleague put this recently circulated item in my mailbox; it cannot go back on the shelves in its newly damaged condition. You can see the scribble marks on the front, and inside covers. She also put the post-it note on the book, noting the wonderful irony of this typically very frustrating occurrence for all librarians. How great to turn a negative into humor. Unfortunately, Mr. Rosemond, well-respected in his field, will have a slight ding to his reputation due to this child’s artwork.

Holly: I love this. Too, too funny. It’s a perfectly fine book and a great choice for public libraries. I’m sure Mr. Rosemond is truly “America’s Most Widely Read Parenting Expert” and has many, many successes to his credit. There’s always one, though, isn’t there?

More Parenting Advice:

Family Survival for Middle Schoolers

Children: The Challenge

Prevent Kidnapping With Stories

Winning!

Continue reading

Saturday Night Fever

The Bee Gees
Schumacher
1979

Hubba hubba! May I present to you the hotties of 1979, The Bee Gees.

What a great choice for the public middle school library that submitted this book! Well, 35 years ago, anyway. It could have been weeded in the mid-80s. By then the Gibb brothers were doing more solo work than as The Bee Gees.

If you have the space and the interest, it’s not the worst thing. If, like the submitting library, things haven’t been weeded in a while and space is a concern, it can go and the middle schoolers probably won’t miss it.

RIP Robin and Maurice Gibb.

-Holly

More Hotties of the 70s:

Jive Talkin’

America’s Band

Super TV Stars

Keeping Up with Bruce Jenner

 

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