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Abusive Relationships

Everything You Need to Know About
Abusive Relationships
Rue
1996

I want teens to have the best resources when it comes to serious topics like abusive relationships. I also think that these books need to be styled in such away, that it won’t discourage young people from using the material. I don’t think this book does the job effectively.

The cover art and illustrations leave a bit to be desired. The pictures are disturbing in that I think too many people would wouldn’t call a relationship abusive unless it is physically violent. Even though the book does address situations of female on male abuse and emotional abuse, it is still lacking on what constitutes an abusive relationship.

Regardless, this book is a weeder just because the content is over 20 years old. It isn’t necessarily wrong, but any material this old, especially in a teen section, is questionable.

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Resumes for the Ladies

Resumes for Women
Job-winning resume guidance for every situation
Shaw
1995

Career advice is one of my hot button topics when it comes to collection development. This isn’t the worst resume book we have seen, but it is pretty awful to still have it on the shelves. 

Even for 1995, the advice is weak. The idea of customizing your resume to address the special situations, such as job transfers or re entry after staying at home with kids, is limited to re-arranging your educational credentials with your experience.

This book was still in circulation and looked pretty crunchy with browning pages. This book really needs to go now. I shudder thinking that someone would try and find a job in 2020 with this antique. This should be an easy weed.

Mary

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Live like it’s 1994

The Internet Complete Reference
Hahn and Stout
1994

Have you been wondering what those AOL disks that come in the mail are all about? Did you hear about something called Electronic Mail? This book has you covered. It is still in circulation as of this writing. I am pretty confident that public libraries can weed pretty much any tech books from the 1990s without damaging the library’s collections.

Mary

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Cats That Do What You Want

How to get your cat to do what you want
Eckstein and Eckstein
1991

As a servant to 2 cats, this title just makes me laugh. Of course the subtitle should be “as long as it is what the cat wants”. I get such a kick out of these books. They sound optimistic and sell us on the idea that training cats is easy. Truly, I know cats can be trained to a certain extent.  If you dedicated every waking hour to cat training, you might have something. I remember my Psych 101 class. Although, I would like to point out that there was no mention of Pavlov’s cat.

There really isn’t anything “wrong” with this book, other than it is dated. Books about cats are always popular.  If it is still circulating, by all means keep it.

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Work in a Hospital!

Career Prep: Working in a Hospital
Miner
1983

Career books are one of those hot button collections that continually give me a twitch when they aren’t current. This one is really out of date with respect to job descriptions and duties. Aimed at middle/high school age, this book covers the myriad of jobs, beyond that of just a doctor or a nurse. The intent of this book isn’t too bad. I like the attempt to show what the day looks like, training needed, and what a particular job is all about. I doubt any of the job titles and descriptions even exist anymore.

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Grandma needs a home

The Nursing Home Handbook
A guide for Families
Horne
1989

This was still in a collection as of this writing.  Obviously a handbook on nursing homes from the late 1980s is out of date. Since a good portion of this book discusses costs, it is a weeder on that topic alone. Even what look to be generically good checklists ignore the technological changes that have happened since the late 1980s. WiFi anyone? Plenty of folks in their 80s and 90s are equipped with tablets and smart phones and staying connected will be a serious consideration.

Actor's Guide to the Internet

Thespian Interwebs

Actor’s Guide to the Internet
Kozlowski
2000

Submitter: Both of these were still on the shelf in 2020 (well, until today), right next to each other in 792.02. Dig the lack of google in favorite search engines, and the assertion that the websites for Borders (RIP), Barnes and Noble and Amazon blur together in the author’s mind!

Public library weeding tip: search the phrase “Computer Network Resources — Directories” to find these relics that aren’t in the 005s or 020s. There were a LOT of printed guides to websites on a specific topic published from 1997-2002, and they’re hiding in places like 598.07 (Internet Guide to Birds and Birding: The Ultimate Directory to the Best Sites Online, 2000) and 629 (Automotive Web Sites, 1999). My library got rid of those “internet yellow pages” directories 10 years ago, but these got missed since they weren’t with the computer/web titles.

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Scanning Basics

Basic Scanning Guide
For Photographers and Other Creative Types
Sheppard
2001

Although scanner technology has been around for a while, it wasn’t really a part of the modern home or office until the mid 1990s. If not for the pub date, I would have guessed this book to be a few years older. Not that scanning is that interesting anyway, this book has a pretty dull layout with numbered paragraph topics and the black and white photos. (Maybe the creative types weren’t consulted on this book project.) Weed and don’t look back.