Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development


Ladies! Make your own sweatshop

Creative Careers for Women: A Handbook of Sources and Ideas for Part-Time Jobs
Scobey and McGrath

Submitter: Creative careers for women has a nice chapter for those industrious women at home. Put your kids to work! Moms, if you love parenting them, you’ll love being their middle manager. Joking aside, having the kids work with you sounds cute. As long as it doesn’t develop into a sweatshop in the garage. I have seen a number of these bindings at my local library and here on ALB: paperbacks who have had their covers glued onto hardbacks. For our binder to do that, it’s a bit expensive. I can understand the appeal of a cover. At our library, people certainly do judge a book by its cover. So in some very rare circumstances, we will save the cover. But this book? I would have withdrawn and updated, not spent more to preserve it.

Holly: This is pretty specific: creative careers – for women – for part-time jobs. You can tell just from the introduction that it is old, and of course the sources in the appendix have no web sites. I can’t think of any good reason to keep this in a public library.

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Coffee, Tea, or Me?

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Positive Feelings

Be Positive: Staying Healthy

Submitter: I am “Positive” that this one should be dumped! Here is one of three copies of a self help book from 1993. Flipping through the pages gave me flash backs to elementary school. That fashion!
With an outdated bibliography in the back, I think it’s easy to let this one go.

Holly: Nice message and a nice book, but I’m with Submitter. It’s too out-of-fashion to be appealing to its target audience, who were born after this book was published.

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Handbook for Bridezilla’s Mom

When Your Daughter Marries

Submitter: My sister recently got married and so I am quite knowledgeable about the cost of weddings. This book is very out of date, and very traditional in every way. This seems like a topic that is popular enough that you would want the most up to date info on. So I think it needs to go.

Holly: These books are perfect choices for public libraries, but you have to completely overhaul the collection every five to ten years. This might be one of the most boring wedding books I’ve ever seen. No poofy, pink, lacy anything – no pictures at all in fact. I have to give it credit for a lot of great information, but Submitter is right that it is very traditional. Time to upgrade!

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Teen Bridezillas

That’s Quite a Look!

Pretty in Pink

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