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Condition/Processing Fail

This category addresses those Awful Library Books that have a problem with condition or poor processing.

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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter coverBlack Lives Matter
Edwards and Harris

Submitter: Here is a brand new book on display! It is shiny and new and deals with current events. The barcode sticker obscures the first part of the title, though, so its content is not exactly clear at first glance. I appreciate the uniformity of always having the barcode in the upper left corner, but this unfortunate covering of title (or sometimes author) is a frequent problem.

If you have read at all about #alllivesmatter vs. #blacklivesmatter, this sticker placement becomes even more unfortunate. Here is an article from USA Today in case you have never heard of this hashtag controversy.

Holly: Forget uniformity. The barcode works just fine in empty space on the cover. There’s no reason to put it right over the title. This is a pet peeve of mine. This is especially unfortunate because you don’t know if someone was being passive aggressive with their sticker placement. Patrons pick up on the strangest things sometimes, even when it is completely unintentional.

Mary and I worked in a library with a movable “Fairy Tales” sign in the youth department that had slid about a foot to the left of the actual fairy tale collection, resting directly above religion. The 398s in that library were just a few shelves from the 200s. A patron was absolutely incensed that we would label religion as a fairy tale, and would not accept that the sign had simply shifted a bit over time from its intended location.

Thankfully, as you can see in the first image below, every single book in this series has the same barcode placement. That probably rules out sabotage. Unfortunately, the whole collection is now ruined.

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Assroom Classroom

Classroom in a book coverAdobe Premier Pro CC
2015 Release
Classroom in a Book

Submitter: I swear we didn’t do this on purpose. Also, I’ve taken to singing the title of this series (Classroom in a Book) to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell anytime I refer to it. Now that’s stuck in your head, too!

Holly: Ha ha! I love these little sticker mishaps. Just a half-inch to the left and it wouldn’t have obstructed the CL in Classroom. It’s a perfectly fine book. Keep it. Even passive-aggressively leave the sticker in place if you like. I would.



Paperback Retirement

damaged cover of goosebumps

Escape from the Carnival of Horrors

This book was given to us by a Page with the note slapped on the cover. You can see the back cover also suffered some stress as well. This particular paperback had nearly 100 checkouts when it was retired. Given the condition, I am going to guess that was maybe 50 circs too many. Damaged books are easy weeders and can improve the look of a collection without too much trauma on those folks who maybe like to hang on to stuff a bit too long. It is also a good strategy if a library hasn’t been weeded in a while. In a way, we should be proud when books like this have served the public well. I am quite sure that this book was pretty much loved to death.



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