Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

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Microwave cooking for kids
Better Homes and Gardens
1984

Submitter: This one busts my buttons. This book was on the new book shelf at my local library. A microwave cook book from 1984! I hope they did not pay for it, and that it was a gift. Not as though that makes it okay. There has to be something newer and more current than this. Love the very 80’s photos.

Holly: Even if it were “new to them,” it makes no sense to put this on a shelf that highlights new books. In fact, it makes no sense to even accept it as a donation. Cute kid on the cover, with the sloppy joe as big as her head, but this is way outdated.

More Kids Cooking:

Kids Cook Too

Bug-a-licious

A Magical Microwave

Boys in the Kitchen

 

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High Tech Heretic

High Tech Heretic
Stoll
1999

Submitter: We found this book in our high school library collection this week. The irony is that we have just started the year in a brand new, high tech building and with an eighth – twelth grade 1:1 laptop initiative. Loads of wonderful teaching and learning happens in our school both with and without computers. This book focuses on throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It is filled with anecdotes of horrible teaching.

“To turn learning into fun is the denigrate the two most important things we can do as humans: to teach, To learn.”

Funny that this author also wrote a book in which he predicted the failure of eCommerce.

Wrong twice.

Holly: I’d LOVE to hear this author’s take on Common Core!

 

More High Tech Fun:

HTML for the 90s

Old School Computer Crime

Technology FAIL!

Books about the Interwebz

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Fix It or Forget It?

Men in groups
Tiger
1969

Submitter: Today’s submission is one of the worse condition books I have ever seen on a shelf. I know budgets are stretched thin, but there seems little reason to put so much effort in to this paperback. First the offending branch library glued cardboard to the covers. Then they used bookbinding, electrical, and scotch tape to adhere the covers back on. All for this book???

Holly: Seriously? If it takes more time and materials to fix something than the book is worth, perhaps we should pause before fixing it. Please empower your book repair staff to question you before they just go ahead and fix your books. If this book is worth keeping, then REPLACE IT. Get a new one. (Or take advantage of Google Books.) It very well may be worth replacing in a university library, since Lionel Tiger is an important man in the field of anthropology, but probably not in a public library branch. The Submitter’s branch library can probably let it go completely.

More Condition and Processing Failures:

How Ironic!

All that was left was a carcass

RIP Anne of Green Gables

When Bad Things Happen to Innocent Library Books

Try Not to Take it Out on the Book

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