Four years ago today, Holly and I launched Awful Library Books to share our love of the crazy, weird stuff found in the library. Who knew it would grow into this giant project! Four years later we STILL have to convince people that weeding is important to collection management. Sigh… Anyway, in celebration of our anniversary, I wondered if that title from our very first post was still inside someone’s collection. I am sad to report it is in the same collection where I found it four years ago. I guess our crusade about collection quality is not finished quite yet.
So, Happy Birthday Awful Library Books, and many thanks to those who make this project possible:
The Husbands, who tolerate piles of old crap at the ALB home offices, and who even humor us with a click on the site every now and again.
Alex B., our intrepid computer advisor, now working for the man in corporate America. In 2009, we could buy his help for beer and pizza.
Our co-workers, past and present, who have tolerated this weird obsession with old books, and even supplied many titles over the years. Particularly, I want to thank Cathy C. who has been so wonderful at expediting the ILL process for us.
Jason at LitBreaker, who helped us get some advertising so we could actually afford to do this project.
Finally, this site is nothing without our readership. We have both learned a lot from the comments and insights you have all brought to this crazy discussion on collection management.
Thank You Everyone!
Mary and Holly