Hoarding is not collection development

Follow us:

Categories
Taking Your Library Career to the Next Level
PLA Weeding Manual
Making a Collection Count

Best Book Review Blogs” style=

The Book Blogger Awards 2017

But it’s Historical!

Old stuff, textbooks, past events, etc.

Lifestyles of the Hippies

Hippie Trip coverThe Hippie Trip
Yablonsky
1968

Here is your insider guide to the mysterious world of hippies. This mostly academic work details the lifestyles of hippie culture through surveys, interviews and case studies.Yablonsky is a relatively important figure and his unorthodox research methods were part of an “immersion” philosophy as an academic. (He died in 2014 and you can read his obituary here.) Obviously, his work is important and should be included in sociology collections in the academic world. A larger public library would also probably consider including this in the collection, if community interest supported this kind of work.

I kind of chuckle since it reminds me of my undergraduate intro course in Sociology back in the day where the professor used the “hip” dialogue so he could relate to his students. Even in the late 70s, this guy sounded dated and ridiculous. I will also never forget that his opening lecture included the line: “Sociology is what sociologists do.”

Stay groovy everyone and tell it like it is,

Mary

Continue reading

Science and Morality

science and moral life cover

Science and the Moral Life
Otto
1949

Philosophy nerds might recognize Max Otto’s name. You can read about his writings and career here. Obviously, Otto’s writing is worthy of collection and inclusion in a variety of libraries. This little paperback has seen better days and the cover is a bit odd. (The family looks like they might be on some mind altering drugs.) After reading the brief bio in the link, I think I am going to read the book. I appreciate the idea of making philosophy more accessible and useful to the general public.

Mary

Continue reading

Boots and Forceps

Boots and Forceps coverBoots and Forceps
Price
1973

Submitter: Would you have guessed this came out in 1973?

Holly: I had to look this one up. There’s a book review that makes it sound quite nice! Anecdotes from a country vet, maybe like James Herriot’s books. The stories seem to be quite old, though, since the book reviewer mentions the Dust Bowl and cavalry horses. I would not have guessed 1973, but much older. If it still circulates where you live, there’s nothing really wrong with it, but if interest has waned, you can probably clear up some shelf space by weeding this one.

 

Continue reading