Everything You Need to Run a Business at Home
If you were paying attention in the early 1990s, you might remember this guy, Matthew Lesko. He was on a bunch of infomercials hawking free money from the government. Most of his publications are centered on information on government grants. There was criticism about his free money information by some consumer groups that said that he misled consumers on eligibility requirements for many of the grant programs. He reminds me of Kevin Trudeau and his books on cures “they” don’t want you to know about. Both books made me a bit crazy as a librarian. Too many folks were convinced that these guys had all the answers.
I know many of us were struggling about including these books in the collection back in the day. My first instinct was to say what the people want, should be the driving force in collection development. If I knew the patron well enough, I felt obligated to say that I didn’t feel it was a good choice, and then try and convince them to try alternatives. These get rich quick or natural cures make me cringe. The hype on this book (and others) puts librarians between a rock and a hard place. No one wants to hand out questionable information and at the same time, we want patrons to ask for what they want. To me, this is collection development hell.