Hoarding is not collection development

Spanning the Globe

This category includes all geography and travel related posts.

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Alaska for the Kids


Confession: This is from my juvenile non-fiction collection. I weeded it about 6 months ago. I swear some of these things go off and reproduce without my knowledge. As a librarian obsessive about shelf lists, I cannot understand why these STILL turn up! Maybe it is an evil plot by Sirsi/Dynix because I have cussed at our ILS way too many times. Let this stand as an example of how collection maintenance is never “done”.

In the meantime, enjoy these ever so modern pictures of Alaska and wildlife. Is it just me or is the big saber-toothed cat (smiladon?) trying to get it on with the elk? (You can see where my mind went immedietely!) In other news, I didn’t know that Willow was supposed to be the capital of Alaska, but funding evidently dropped the project in 1982.  If that doesn’t make this book weedable, I don’t know what else to say.


More from the North:

Two times the fun with Eskimos

“Real” Eskimos

Oh Canada!

Canada Again

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Nazi Nature

How Green Were the Nazis?
Nature, Environment, and Nation in the Third Reich
Ed. Bruggemeier, Cioc, and Zeller

So, the Nazis got something right. Who knew?

This is probably an ok book for a university library. It sort of feels like grasping at straws to prove the Nazis weren’t the root of all evil (jury’s still out on that one), but apparently they created nature preserves and did their part for the environment.




More on the Environment

Think Green


Ozone-Depleting Refrigerants (for Dummies)

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Spinsters Abroad

Spinsters Abroad: Victorian Lady Explorers
1989, this edition 1991

Submitter: I’m at the beginning of a massive weeding project at my public library and found this gem in the early 900s. While the topic is one that is appropriate for our collection, the title and cover are major detractors. In addition, the paperback copy is starting to yellow around the edges due to age. As awesome as these ladies are, this one is a definite discard for us.

Holly: I love the pun of the title. Spinsters A”broad”? Get it? This book could be cool: Victorian ladies shun convention in favor of adventure. According to one reviewer on GoodReads, it reads like a doctoral dissertation with percentages and facts but not enough well-developed story telling. Pure facts date a book much quicker than stories would. Bummer! Cool idea, bad delivery.

If submitter’s copy has yellow edges, they probably should weed it. If it has sat untouched for a few years, I can’t see a lot of reason to keep this one around in most public libraries. I think the cover is actually kind of appealing, but only after you read the sub-title. At first glance and out of context it’s just funny.



More Maiden Voyages and Travel Tales:

Long John Silverstein

Japan Expo Guide

Sunburnt Africa

Glamour in the Skies

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