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Science and Morality

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Science and the Moral Life
Otto
1949

Philosophy nerds might recognize Max Otto’s name. You can read about his writings and career here. Obviously, Otto’s writing is worthy of collection and inclusion in a variety of libraries. This little paperback has seen better days and the cover is a bit odd. (The family looks like they might be on some mind altering drugs.) After reading the brief bio in the link, I think I am going to read the book. I appreciate the idea of making philosophy more accessible and useful to the general public.

Mary

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Transcribing Oral History

Oral history coverTranscribing and Editing Oral History
Baum
1977

Submitter: Finally tackling a long-overlooked section in my small academic library yesterday and found this one. I was amazed that the 33 1/3 record was still in the back until I looked at the usage and realized no one has touched the book since the mid-90s when our records were computerized. I showed my 12 year-old the record, and she had no idea what it was, but then, neither did our 23 year-old circ specialist. You know it’s time to weed when even the archivist says, “Hey look, a typewriter!”.

Holly: Anything with a vinyl record needs to be considered for weeding, for sure. A small academic library probably doesn’t have much use for this book, although if you have an archivist on staff, they should at least be consulted before weeding something like this. Well done, submitter! The person on the cover, and their spectacular collar, are a nice companion to the typewriter (which is a fancy one for 1977!)

Homo Erectus in the Stacks

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How Man Became
Morris
1972

The artwork in this book is just nightmarish. The facial expressions are creeping me out, and the charcoal drawings seem too dark and dense for kids. I am not sure of the target age group. The text is pretty dense and detailed – more appropriate for middle school or at least upper elementary – but the illustrations seem more appropriate to the easy reader crowd. Regardless, it’s a weeder based on age anyway.

Just another homo sapien,

Mary

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