Alaska Fradin 1977 Confession: This is from my juvenile non-fiction collection. I weeded it about 6 months ago. I swear some of these things go off and reproduce without my knowledge. As a librarian obsessive about shelf lists, I cannot
The Beginner’s Handbook of Dowsing Baum 1974 Submitter: Not one but TWO schools in our district weeded this title in December 2014. Beyond the fact that it is 40 years old, we both wondered: “What the heck? Was there a
One of the few job hazards of being a public librarian is that everyone asks you why a library has a certain policy or rule. Often it is in areas I can readily explain like Internet filtering, privacy, weeding, etc.
Tyrannosaurus Rex: The Fierce Dinosaur Sandell 1988 Submitter: I recently found this severely outdated book about the “ferocious” Tyrannosaurus Rex in the collection of the public library where I work. It’s from 1988, making it old enough that the king
(This series was originally published in 2011. All data is as originally published, but the concepts and methods are still valid. Start with Shelf Balancing, Part 1.) Before…books on the very top shelves and very little extra space on any
I can be an interior designer Storm 1989 Today’s submitter found this at a large public library where he volunteers to help people long out of work. As a librarian himself, he is horrified at the materials available in the
The Two Career Couple Hall 1979 Submitter: The opening prolog to this books states “Used-car dealers are shady. Librarians are quiet and a bit boring.” Thanks for the compliment and associating us with lemon dealers. This book would have been
Like any collection, monitoring, shifting and keeping it fresh is the job of the librarian. Awful Library Books is no exception. ALB began as a platform to preach about the perils of ignoring a collection. Since we are still here