Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

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.

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Cinderella has gone to the dogs!

Cinderella
Wegman
1993

Submitter: I can’t believe this book. I literally did a double-take when I saw the cover, and as I flipped through it, I began to wonder what made the library purchase this book in the first place. The dog/people combos are a bit freaky and probably would have frightened me as a child. I could see a Cinderella story with the characters all as cartoon dogs, but not this weird dog/person combo photograph.

Holly: This is definitely odd. Dog people, are you horrified by this or do you think it’s cute? They have dog faces and people hands, which I find disturbing. If it circulates, I’d keep it, but I might not put it out on display!

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Teeth Are Fun

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Love Italian Style

Love Italian style
Parca
1966

Submitter: Chapter 3 is where all the dirt comes out. We get great insight to a select few Italian males’ mind sets in 1966. This book interviews men in Italy and asks the same set of questions.

From the table of contents I had to read A Roman Truck Driver. How intriguing! I have included the full passage. He talks about how he has been carrying on affairs on his wife with prostitutes and dancing girls. I loved how when asked what he thought about homosexuals his response was “I think it’s a sickness.” He follows that up with two pages of how he has been engaging in gay sex. So open, so honest! In each passage the men surprisingly have had some sort of gay tryst.

Here’s the thing. This book is cataloged in the YA section of my local public library. I could see this book being in an academic library. I am not sure a public library, never mind cataloged in YA , would be right.

Holly: This is mildly interesting at best, but unless your community is largely Italian, it’s not that relevant to a public library audience. I agree that it doesn’t seem right for a YA audience too. Its age, subject, and relevancy to a modern general public library audience is really limited. It’s an easy weeder without  much risk of being missed. I want to see the chapter on the Sardinian Shepherd. Oh wait, maybe I don’t…

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