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Coping with Collection Development Issues

I present you with a couple of selections from a tiny library with a disproportionate number of depressing teen mental health books.  Either the librarian who selected them way back in the day had serious issues or maybe there was a sale on these titles.

Coping with Cliques

Not too terrible but certainly no break through advice.  Advice is mostly “be true to yourself” and “focus on the positive”.  No illustrations or even interesting scenarios.  I wish I could show you something outrageous but everyone has probably seen more interesting stuff on an episode of Dr. Phil or some other tv show.  Certainly, no teen has touched this in ice age or two.

Try this one for size from the same series:

Coping with Peer Pressure

This is over 200 pages of nail biting fun that really reads like something out of a psych journal.  Again, content is fine (for the time) but I can’t even imagine a teen (even in the late 80’s) picking up this title for information.

Maybe I am just crabby today, but it is really starting to frost my MLIS that we don’t take better care of selection and weeding in teen nonfiction collections.  Collection development is more than simply covering a topic, like a stupid checklist. How about looking beyond a Dewey number and really getting information THAT SOMEONE MIGHT ACTUALLY USE? Okay.  I am calming down now.  I think the heat here in the Midwest is getting to me…


0 Responses to Coping with Collection Development Issues

  • The picture on the second one is priceless! How do I cope? Everyone’s wearing these shoes AND they’re spiky, so if I don’t conform they might kick me and it’ll really hurt!

  • You are heard…and obeyed. These may have been opened when a kid was sent to the library/media center to do a book report for a health class once or twice.

    I look at most of these health series by minor publishers/vendors as trying to crank out content that makes it easy for lazy librarians to buy whole sets and feel like they’ve covered a subject area.

    It’s easy, and it may look good on a stat sheet, but it’s not worth the money. A lot of the content can be found from public health information websites or if’n this were the olden days in the VERTICAL FILE.

    This is a senseless waste of a tree.

  • I agree, but it often seems that YA nonfiction is the first thing to fall to the bottom of the priority list when the budget is tight. And when is the budget not tight?

  • Maybe ‘s all libraries have that problem with the teen non-fiction section. I know mine does. Ugh.

  • I think we have some “Coping With” books, but they’re not nearly that old, plus they are totally not the only books on the subject on the shelves.

  • Considering that non-fiction reading is a 7th grade standard (in California, at least), it really does seem like it ought to be given a higher priority.

  • OMG! I think I weeded the ‘Coping with suicide’ book in this series earlier this year! Small world or what?

  • The cover with the shoes reminds me of “My Three Sons.”

  • The book should be called coping with mountain climbers.