Hoarding is not collection development
Taking Your Library Career to the Next Level
PLA Weeding Manual
Making a Collection Count


Weeding is not rocket science

Space FlightRocket Power and Space Flight



The flyleaf of this book starts out by saying that the book was the result of thousands of letters that the author received.  He says, “Some of these letters have been from young men … the rocket engineers of tomorrow.”  In 1957 it was inconceivable, I’m sure, that a woman would become a rocket engineer.  The author talks to the “fellows” who wrote him letters and uses the pronoun “he” and “him” throughout the book.  Reason #1 to weed it.

Also, it is a bit technical.  It explains how rockets work and how they are tested.  I’ll bet that’s a bit more complicated nowadays than this book indicates!  Reason #2 to weed this: it’s waaaay out of date.  This is twelve years before we ever went to the moon!

A great choice for a parenting collection!

When Children Invite Child AbuseWhen Children Invite Child Abuse:  A search for answers when love is not enough

A fellow Michigan ALB spy has given us this gem!  I am speechless just on the title alone!  Who on earth is the target market for this book?  Abusers looking for an “out”?  Question to the public library with this holding:  are child abusers one of your major patron groups that you feel are being under served by the public library?



Creative Recreation for the Mentally RetardedCreative Recreation for the Mentally Retarded

Thank you to the anonymous submitter for this one!  Wow.  I’m going to assume that most librarians do not think this is a good choice for today’s shelves. Here’s a great example of how if you don’t keep up with weeding, when you finally get around to it you’ll realize how many ridiculous books like this you still have on the shelves.   What must the public think??   There are lots of better, more current choices for books on this topic.