Hoarding is not collection development

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This category is all that career information, training, job hunting advice and all those posts that are about the working life. This also has business and legal advice.

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Bottom-Up Marketing

Bottom-Up Marketing
Ries & Trout

This was recently weeded from my very own library – a medium-sized public library. Al Ries and Jack Trout are important business men. One could even argue that their books are “core” titles for a public library business collection. I’ll argue that they were core titles until the mid- to late-90s and now their work can be found, fully detailed, online and through databases that my library subscribes to.

This particular title is going to depend on individual libraries, their collection goals, and their library missions. Some of you are going to disagree with me – and that’s ok! In my particular library, patrons are more interested in current business theories and practices than their histories. We are fortunate to have access to a number of business databases, we have plenty of public computers to go around, and we even have a multitude of librarians at the ready at any given time. For us, this kind of thing sits untouched year after year while new business books fly off the shelves.

In a business library, an academic library, and maybe even a large public library, this might still be considered essential. If you have the space and the need, by all means keep it.

We weeded it.


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Tax Strategies of Yesteryear

How you can use inflation to beat the IRS

Believe it or not, I found this book in a public library collection. The number of public libraries still holding this title is quite shocking. As a former accountant, I get some serious palpitations when I find this kind of stuff laying around a public library’s collection.  Anyone with a modicum of knowledge has to know that tax laws change over time. Seriously.

Specifically, two pieces of legislation (that were headlines!) make this book weedable. First, is Economic Recovery Tax Act  (August 1981) and Tax Reform Act of 1986.  This legislation fundementally changed income tax laws that render just about anything published during that time period questionable.  If nothing else, this illustrates perfectly that paying attention to current events does have a direct effect on a library collection.

I swear to Melvil Dewey that if anyone says “someone might need this” to me I might have to hit them with this book. (This is what happens to youth services librarians during the summer. We completely lose our sense of humor.)

I will be in the back breathing deeply if anyone needs me.



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On Your Own

On Your Own: A Guide to Working Happily, Productively & Successfully From Home

This book is mostly about having the discipline to get work done when you are alone in the comfort of your own home. It also discusses separating work life from home life, which is very helpful information. Over all, the book is not too bad content-wise.

However, one look at the cover and you know it’s 20 years old. Look at the computer the man is sitting next to! There is virtually no discussion of technology needs for the 2014 home office – though there is a quick mention of fax machines. The author also mentions how the invention of computers was supposed to make everything paperless, but has led to more paper than ever. I’m not sure that’s true these days. Apps like Evernote and services like Google Drive and Dropbox are making it much easier to go paperless and still have access to your files from various places. (Ok, I occasionally counsel people about printing their entire email in-box, but that is getting rarer and rarer.)

I’ve included the pages on staying organized and time management. Again, much of the advice isn’t bad. It just needs to be updated to include modern time management and organizational tools.

-From the ALB home office of Holly, complete with Windows 8, Diet Coke, and even a fax machine!


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