Hoarding is not collection development

Getting Crafty

Looking to make something? This the category that includes crafts, decorating, DIY, and repair materials.

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Crafty Careers

Career Opportunities in Crafts

Submitter: My local public library has 4 copies of Career Opportunities in Crafts. One that can circulate and three that are in their reference/research collection. I personally think you could weed all four. A great book for 1977, but out of date for 2015. The crafts people we help at my library tend to show off their goods on Etsy or eBay. This book will not help with anything online.

Holly: Based on the list in delightful yellow font on the cover, there’s not much still useful in this book. There are new ways of doing all of those things! Good thing Submitter’s library stocked up, and even better that there are THREE reference copies. You never know when there is a 1977 craft career emergency.

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Easter Crafts for Kids

Our Easter Book

Submitter: Our Easter Book continues the groovy adventures of Miss Berry the teacher. The book is full of fun activities such as going to a petting zoo, making Easter kites, and playing with bird nests. There are some interesting activities, but the story is not so interesting. I’m thinking that most teachers are not pulling out guitars and asking the kids to do a flower dance. I work at a medium sized library. This groovy dated nonsense doesn’t circulate, and needs to go.

Holly: The cover has seen better days. It’s dirty and has remnants of old-stickers on the spine, and it’s really not worth going through the effort to clean it up. I have to give props to this kind of binding, though. They just don’t make books anymore that stand up over time like this. I’m sure some of the activities are ok, but if it doesn’t circulate then it’s just taking up space unnecessarily. I’d be surprised if someone hasn’t bought another Easter craft book for the collection at some point in the last 39 years. If not, it might be time to examine your collection development policy and your collection budget and re-prioritize some things. Also, this is cataloged as 372.1, not as a picture book. It wasn’t immediately clear to me if this was a story book or an instructional craft book.

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Stylish Clothes for Stylish Kids

Sewing Children’s Clothes: a Golden Hands Pattern Book

Submitter: There were three copies of this book on my local public library shelf. My friend and I had quite a chuckle looking back at children’s fashions from 1973. We thought the clothing looked even older!

Holly: Three copies? One is unnecessary, two is overkill, and three is just laziness and collection neglect. Sure, some of you are thinking that you just use more modern fabrics and tweak the lines a bit and you have perfectly modern kids’ clothes. I’m sure very skilled sewers could pull that off, but why would we make them when there are so many great new sewing pattern books available now?

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