One of my library minions who will be finishing up an MLIS this December is getting married next spring. Naturally, I started combing the catalog for some super “helpful” titles on marriage and weddings. I am not sure she appreciated my help in this manner when the average age of my selections were more than 30 years old. (Yes, tormenting library students can be fun.) This title came up in my search and I thought it would be nice to feature it here.
This particular title presents a nice example of a somewhat questionable weed. On the face this is an old marriage guide with a sex focus and is obviously dated. On the other had, Ellis was an important psychologist and his works do have a place in libraries. For the small/medium public library this would probably be a slam dunk weeding choice. Larger collections would probably retain this title and universities would as well.
Once again, a title like this might be at first glance an easy weed but thinking about collection objectives and your service population will always trump any weeding “rules”. Aren’t you lucky Elle to have me arrange both collection development and marriage info in one covenient blog post?
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