Al Franken cover

Al Franken

Al Franken: Giant of the Senate
Franken
2017

Submitter: So, I was making a delivery of intra-network media transfers to a local college library the other day, and as I was waiting for the right person to accept the delivery and fetch my pick-up, my eyes scanned the shelves, just happening to fall upon the “political commentary” shelves. I spotted this tome sitting there, pulled it off, and immediately recognized it as probably dated with “weeding” potential. I saw the library’s director walk by, caught his attention, and said, “Do you folks ever take weeding suggestions?” He replied “Well, with appropriate consideration, of course…..” I showed him this tome. His eyes widened a bit, then rolled ceiling-wards, and with a heavy sigh, he said, “Yeah, I think we need to pull that for review….” It ended up later on the surplus sale shelf for a dollar. You can get this used from Amazon for as little as a quarter plus shipping as I type (more accurately $5 or so).

cool careers for girls

Cool Computer Careers

Cool Careers for Girls
Computers
Pasternak and Thornburg
1998

Anyone hanging out here in our little corner of the Internet, knows that I have a serious issue with outdated career materials. I am all about giving girls some inspiration to consider STEM careers. I doubt that this book will inspire anyone. I like what this book is attempting: delivering some solid advice on the jobs available, necessary training, career paths, etc. That was then and this is now. As a person who has been hanging out in libraries since before this book was published, technology has changed and so have the careers.

Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified

Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified

Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified
Kaplan-Mayer
2003

Submitter: I pulled this book because of its age. I have included a picture that discusses different insulin pumps, most of which don’t exist anymore. One of the companies has exited the insulin pump business. There are several new companies and insulin pumps with new technologies that are covered in new books. If I were looking for information about medical devices, and all I could find is an old book, I’d be upset. Chronic illnesses are stressful enough, please make sure that you have up to date books.

Right Book, Right Time cover

Helping Children Cope

The Right Book, the Right Time: Helping Children Cope
Grindler, Stratton, and McKenna
1997

Submitter: Although over 20 years old this book is not necessarily awful; it just needs some serious updating. What really caught me was the media in the back. This was just weeded from a rural public library system. We do weeding on a schedule year-round, but this year our main location went hard at the adult non-fiction section, and came across gems like this. Again, not awful in concept, just awfully out-of-date.