Hoarding is not collection development

But it’s Historical!

Old stuff, textbooks, past events, etc.

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Be Prepared!

Boy Scout Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
1964

Submitter:  My son brought back a book from his elementary school library that is just awful. The library is nice, they just completely remodeled it with a grant from Target, but some of the books on the shelf have been there since almost when the school opened in 1955. This one was old when I went to school there in the 1980’s and is ancient now! My son was looking for a book on knot-tying, so he brought home the Boy Scouts manual, but it is a 1964 edition and the last 20 or so pages are mostly ads for guns!

Holly: This is just laziness. I can’t believe that any library worker truly believes that this book is valuable to a modern-day elementary school library. It’s cool in a nostalgia kind of way, but that doesn’t make it useful. The first image below advises young men who “cause emissions themselves” to avoid things that make them worry. And such behavior may cause them to worry…so they really shouldn’t do that. The gun ads are probably not in modern Boy Scout handbooks either, though I don’t know that to be a fact. Boy Scouts? Want to weigh in?

More Books for Boys:

Boys in the Kitchen

Boys, do you have a “calling”?

Gender Specific Survival

Don’t Let Someone Kick Sand in Your Face!

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History of Nursing

Goodnow’s History of Nursing
11th edition
Dolan, R.N., M.S.
1964

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
1959

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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