Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

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Making a Collection Count
PLA Weeding Manual

Another crappy guy saved by a nice girl

A Tyrant coverThere Came a Tyrant

Here is another standard from the world of romance: tyrannical boss/friend/lover transformed by the love of a good woman. This time our story is set in the RAF and you can just feel the sexism.  Add in parents pressuring marriage and we have a super fun romantic story. Simoni just needs to ride out this nightmare so everyone can move on.  Naturally, “love” conquers all and Creepy boss Kent and Simoni finally end up together.



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Marriage Advice

Creative Marriage
Ellis and Harper
1969 (original copyright 1961)

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?


More Marriage Advice:

Handbook for Bridezilla’s Mom

Enemies of Marriage

Wedding Night Jitters

Make Your Man A Sensitive Man

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Get Electrified!

PC and Electronics coverPC & Electronics: Connecting Your PC to External Devices

Submitter: This book seems pretty obvious for weeding. A tech book about PCs from 1998? Time to upgrade! If you notice the back pocket [pictured below], a helpful librarian has made a note that the companion disk went missing not long after this book was published. This is something my Cataloguer and I discuss in great lengths. She wants to leave all supplementary materials in the back of the book. Her argument is that it makes the material more accessible. As the Acquisitions librarian, I don’t want to see what happened to this book happen to any of ours. If we are going to spend money on items, then we also need to take good care of them. My library director agrees and we catalogue all disks, CD-ROMs and other objects and place them behind the circ desk. We then put notes on the pocket to let the circ staff know that they need to check out the supplementary item. Most times patrons pass on the supplementary material. Hence, the opposition to cataloguing them from the Cataloguer. How do others handle this?

Holly: We note under the barcode and in a note that pops up on the computer that there is supplementary material, but we leave it in the book. Upon its check out AND its return, the folks at circulation should be prompted to look for the disc to see if it is still there. In fact, they have to acknowledge the pop-up by closing it before they can actually move on to the next thing. Read the screen, people! Read the screen. Oh, and yeah, weed this for age and missing parts!

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