Hoarding is not collection development

Celebrity Fun

This category includes biography and all those great advice books. Because when a celebrity does something, you will want to do that too!

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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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Hey, Hey, Hey!



Cosby: His Life and Times

Submitter: High school library: I am pretty sure this is no longer the place for these books. The first two, copyright 1986, are goners.  But I just ordered the Whitaker Life and Times book in September, after a positive NPR All Things Considered segment, right before the storm hit.  I think I need a new special “Fallen from Grace” section for Lance Armstrong, Bill Cosby, and others yet to be discovered.

Holly: I love that idea of a “Fallen From Grace” section – or maybe just a display. Clever. Books like these are less obvious weeds than some. On the one hand, Bill Cosby is an entertainment icon and Fatherhood is a classic. There are libraries that will want to keep it, for sure. I’m not sure most high school libraries are the place for that one – or the Eichhorn book either. Currency and completeness of information are more important for the high school crowd.

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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Tina Turner

Submitter: Unflattering Cover photo, Check! Out of date information, Check! Must be a celebrity bio book from the 1980’s. They all seem to be like this. There is a chapter on Ike. A bit of a gloss over on their domestic relationship. Maybe that’s all you need, and is appropriate for a kids book? Considering all of her achievements since 1986, this seems like an easy weed. However there are still two copies at my local library. Great singer, out of date book.

Holly: Of all the stock footage of Tina Turner, this is the picture they used for the cover of the book? It looks like an <ahem!> “adult” doll. Show The Queen of Rock some respect! You can put this Private Dancer in your private collection and get it out of the library’s. It’s old. Weed and update. (And move the replacement to the adult collection. Kids aren’t interested.)

More Rock ‘n Roll:

“Tie a yellow ribbon…”

Saturday Night Fever

King of Pop

America’s Band

Papa Don’t Preach

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