Hoarding is not collection development

But it’s Historical!

Old stuff, textbooks, past events, etc.

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History of Nursing

Goodnow’s History of Nursing
11th edition
Dolan, R.N., M.S.

Submitter: This book was just weeded from my medium-sized public library’s collection from rural central Ohio. It was last used in 2012! All of the sides are frayed and showing the material underneath the colored covering. It does have a lot of information on ancient nursing and the progression into the first half of the 20th century. Which would be very useful, for when it was published. Now the section on current events in nursing is over fifty years old! It ends, before the index, with the most recent achievement in nursing, creation of the Peace Corps (One of the photos). That this was used as late as 2012 is very distressing. I’m not sure why this book wasn’t removed earlier.

Holly: The ancient nursing section could be interesting, but there must be a more recently published, all-encompassing history of nursing available. And if there isn’t, a combination of this and this and even this might work for most public library users (maybe not college students, but this was submitted by a public library). In fact, a quick tour of Google Books brings up the full text of this very book, and doesn’t take up a single inch of shelf space.

More Nursing History:

I Can Be a Nurse

Be a Nurse

Cherry Ames

Donations Gone Wrong

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Keeping America Safe for Democracy

J. Edgar Hoover, Modern Knight Errant
Houghton Comfort

Submitter: I’m happy to say that this book is no longer in our academic library, though it is in other public and academic libraries according to WorldCat.  It almost reads as though it is supposed to be a juvenile book, but it was in our main collection.  Unfortunately, book tape over the spine obscures what was probably a wonderful picture of a knight on the cover. My favorite part was the lists of disasters that could happen to you and how fingerprint files would fix them.  Plus, the statement that “only a criminal” wouldn’t want to send their fingerprints to the FBI for storage.

Holly: I can hear it now: “But it’s historical!” Yes. It is. It is so historical, in fact, that it has earned its place in an archive or museum. If it is being held together by book tape and prayer AND it is more than 50 years old AND you can find a ton of information about the subject elsewhere, it’s ok to weed it. Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner! This one hits all three of those criteria.

But It’s Historical!

The Pioneers

Making Your Living is Fun

Atom Bomb

“Modern” World

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Surprise Microfiche

What we have here is microfiche. Drawers and drawers of microfiche, placed on a cart to free up said drawers. (Ok, it was only two drawers, but they were deep, long drawers!)

Most of what you see here are popular magazines from the late 1970’s to the late 1980’s: Time, Business Week, The Atlantic, Forbes…you get the drift. My library must have kept an archive of this material back in the day. I knew it was there at one point, but had completely forgotten about it. Then one day I opened the wrong drawer on the microfilm cabinet and BAM! MICROFICHE! I was reminded that this stuff was still taking up residence. Just hanging out, about a decade’s worth of magazine microfiche and one Granger poetry reference series.

So I did the only thing I could do. I got a cart and loaded it up. It was heavy, you guys. That’s a lotta fiche!

The envelopes holding the individual slides are quite nice, though. I emptied about 50 or so and kept them for other uses.

Meanwhile, this stuff has got to go. There’s nothing of value here, so it will probably get recycled (although apparently the silver kind could be hazardous, so I first have to figure out what kind I have and then figure out who will take it.)

My library doesn’t even have a microfiche reader!



More Librarian’s Choice:

An ALA Special

The Picture File

Library Media Manual

Sliding into Science

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