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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.

 

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Transcribing Oral History

Oral history coverTranscribing and Editing Oral History
Baum
1977

Submitter: Finally tackling a long-overlooked section in my small academic library yesterday and found this one. I was amazed that the 33 1/3 record was still in the back until I looked at the usage and realized no one has touched the book since the mid-90s when our records were computerized. I showed my 12 year-old the record, and she had no idea what it was, but then, neither did our 23 year-old circ specialist. You know it’s time to weed when even the archivist says, “Hey look, a typewriter!”.

Holly: Anything with a vinyl record needs to be considered for weeding, for sure. A small academic library probably doesn’t have much use for this book, although if you have an archivist on staff, they should at least be consulted before weeding something like this. Well done, submitter! The person on the cover, and their spectacular collar, are a nice companion to the typewriter (which is a fancy one for 1977!)

AP CLEP

AP/CLEP Advanced Placement and College Level Examinations in American History
Woloch
1977; Second Printing 1980

Submitter: I’m sure this preparation book for the A.P. and C.L.E.P. exams was extremely useful…in 1980. The patrons at our public library won’t even notice its absence from the shelf!

Holly: There are probably American history topics not covered here that could be on the test: the Gulf War, 9/11 terrorist attacks, Iraq War, etc. Also, evolving terms used to describe cultures and even events might make this book downright offensive.

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