Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

Ask a Man

Always Ask a Man
the key to femininity
1965 (paperback: 1967)

Ladies! Your wait is over!  Arlene Dahl is here to tell you all the insider secrets of catching and keeping a man. Inside you will find tons of helpful tips on fashion, hair, makeup,and even romance! Evidently, the dudes just love when women are helpless and pretty. Arlene also has the inside scoop from the dreamiest men from Hollywood and beyond. Cary Grant, George Hamilton, Noel Coward, and Kirk Douglas are among the men helping explain what the guys REALLY want.

So ladies, go forth and be feminine!


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Gym Candy

Drugs in Sports
Dolan, Jr.

Submitter: Is drug use still a problem among athletes? I’m sure it is. However, this book, found in the stacks at my public library, is as outdated as the sweatband worn by the arm on the cover. It’s time for a new book on the same topic.


Holly: Yeah, I think the topic is still a good one for public libraries, but I agree that this one is too old to be useful. There’s nothing interesting to say about this book, so let me enlighten you about street names for steroids. My favorites are: pumpers, gym candy, Arnolds, and “balls and bulls.”


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Masculine Men

The American Male: A Penetrating Look at the Masculinity Crisis.

Submitter: Well Boohoo! Men being oppressed. Let me get a tissue. 1966? I can understand this book being in an academic library. A public library? Patrons need updated info on topics like this.

Holly: Here is a link to the Kirkus Review of this book, back in 1966 and here’s another one from Wiley Online. I agree that for most public libraries, it could be weeded for currency. I don’t have any huge problem with the book itself or its message, since public libraries usually strive for balanced collections.  We don’t remove books from our collections because we don’t agree with them or like their message, just as we don’t add books to our collections because we agree with them. It’s not about us.

The second review says the book has “reasonableness,” and makes the book sound pretty well-researched and authoritative. So, it was not necessarily a bad choice in 1966 by the sound of things. If it is still an important work in the field, universities should keep it. If it still circulates in public libraries AND you have space for it AND it’s in good condition, that’s great too. Everyone else can update their 301.4’s to something newer.

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