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Negroes in a Soviet America

The Negroes in a Soviet America
Ford
1935

Submitter: Time travel back to 1935 and Communism with this title. Found in my local library. I could see an argument for keeping this in a research or academic library. But a small urban library?

Holly: It’s so important to keep these materials. This is a viewpoint in history that probably not a lot of people are aware of. Does it belong on the regular old circulating non-fiction shelves in a small library? Probably not. Either catalog it as part of a special collection (and then archive and/or preserve it properly) or give it to a library that can.

More Wrongly Placed History:

Great American Negroes

Great Negroes Past and Present

Must We Bus

Cotton and the Spinner

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What Can She Be?

What can she be? An architect
Goldreich
1974

Submitter: Our local public library has 5 copies of [this book]. I like to think that books like this were the catalyst to get many more women into architecture. We see many at the school we work for. Google Zaha Hadid just to see what women can do. This book could use an update. Almost all design is now done with programs like Autocad, Rhino and others. Few architects just do hand drawings anymore. Also, I wish they had selected more interesting architectural photos then the ones posted. Those designs were pretty underwhelming even for the 1970’s.

Holly: I’m sure these were great 40 years ago, but they’re pretty silly now. These books aren’t inspiring girls to do much of anything, except for maybe be librarians to get this crap off of library shelves! (That’s an interesting strategy…) Bonus book from this series included below.

More Women at Work:

Coffee, Tea, or Me?

“You’re Going to Make It After All”

Keeping Hubby Happy

Lady Jobs

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NLW15: Another Romance in the Stacks

The Library Tree
Peake
1972

As we close out National Library Week, we have yet another romance in the stacks. Our librarian wanna-be is Carolyn, who got the job at the library thanks to her powerful and connected uncle. Naturally, the handsome director is a complete jerk and a political “enemy” of Carolyn’s uncle and doesn’t want her on the staff. Uncle and his cohorts on the board override his concerns and she is hired. Aside from the jerk boss, Carolyn likes the job.

The boss is still not happy and is undermining Carolyn or yelling at her for one thing or another. Carolyn, however, finally gets to a point that she is going to resign.  WHEN SUDDENLY, the long lost dad who abandoned her years ago contacts her and wants to reconcile. Of course he is dying. Literally. Jerk director man drives her to the hospital and tells the father he is Carolyn’s fiance. Jerk director guy wants her dying father to know she will be “taken care of.” THE BIG REVEAL: He really loves her and wants her to go to library school. Cue the music.

I know all of you are wiping your tears and are so happy for Carolyn now that she has everything: a library career AND a man!

Happy National Library Week everyone! I hope all of you got lots of praise and cash this week.

Mary

More Library Love:

Romance in the Stacks!

The Major and the Librarian

The Librarian’s Secret Scandal

A Wild and Crazy Librarian

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