Hoarding is not collection development

Working 9-5

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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“It’s Not Just a Job, It’s An Adventure”

Careers in the Navy
Palladian
1977

Submitter: I have been going through my large local public library and finding lots of gems in their career sections.

Holly: Now, I don’t know Submitter, but it sounds as if maybe they do not work at the library from whence this came. A patron, maybe? How embarrassing! Folks, when your patrons start submitting to ALB, you have a problem.

Let’s start with the fact that 1977 is too old for just about any career book. The navy is a high-tech career that depends on currency! You wouldn’t want to decide to go into the navy, only to find out it is not at all like this book suggests! You wouldn’t even want to write a paper about the thrills of a navy career and receive a big, fat F because your facts are all wrong.

Next, the second page included below says that women are not allowed on ships that may be involved in combat. If you’d like to read up on the Combat Exclusion Policy, you’ll see that it was just last year that it was completely lifted, but even in 1994 exemptions and updates were being made – and that was 17 years after this book was published. It was old before it was even old. Now it’s really old.

This topic is a great addition to a career collection, though, so do update it.

Hooyah!

-Holly

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You can be a mom and have a career!

The Part-Time Solution
The New Strategy for Managing Your Career While Managing Motherhood
Canape
1990

I had my first child in 1990 and I thought that all of these advice books (many featured on ALB) were mostly useless. I think I personally read most of them. The assumption was always there are choices and options for working.  I remember exactly ZERO women with “choices”.  Add in a nice pile of judgment and guilt for both stay-at-home moms and working moms, and you have a recipe for a nice little mental breakdown.

Of course in 2014, this book is so outdated for many reasons. Technology and economic hardship of the last decade have rendered this book obsolete. Weed it and don’t look back.

Mary

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Bottom-Up Marketing

Bottom-Up Marketing
Ries & Trout
1989

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.

-Holly

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