Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

Bottom-Up Marketing

Bottom-Up Marketing
Ries & Trout

This was recently weeded from my very own library – a medium-sized public library. Al Ries and Jack Trout are important business men. One could even argue that their books are “core” titles for a public library business collection. I’ll argue that they were core titles until the mid- to late-90s and now their work can be found, fully detailed, online and through databases that my library subscribes to.

This particular title is going to depend on individual libraries, their collection goals, and their library missions. Some of you are going to disagree with me – and that’s ok! In my particular library, patrons are more interested in current business theories and practices than their histories. We are fortunate to have access to a number of business databases, we have plenty of public computers to go around, and we even have a multitude of librarians at the ready at any given time. For us, this kind of thing sits untouched year after year while new business books fly off the shelves.

In a business library, an academic library, and maybe even a large public library, this might still be considered essential. If you have the space and the need, by all means keep it.

We weeded it.


More Business Treasures

Small Business Resource Guide

Not Your Mama’s Business Start-Up

Taming the Paper Tiger

Mistakes = Success!

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Do the Jitterbug

How to Jitterbug

Submitter: It totally doesn’t belong in the children’s library collection anymore, but it’s more AWESOME Library Book than Awful (actually, one of my coworkers took it home for her own collection as soon as I showed it to her).


You’ll notice it’s actually copyright 1984 so it could be much worse, but like I said, I still think this is more an AWESOME discovery than an awful one, anyway.

Holly: It is pretty awesome…for a library other than yours or mine. I am absolutely shocked that the record survived the decades! It seems older than 1984, but I’m no dancer. Would the jitterbuggers among us enlighten me? Was this still a thing in 1984? Is it still a thing now?

More Dancing:

Dance the Night Away

Move Over Shirley Temple

Gettin’ Jiggy

Take Me to Funkytown

Dancing With Cats

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Steven is Retarded

My Brother Steven is Retarded

Submitter: We found this *horror* while weeding a school library. Perhaps once upon a time this may have been helpful to a elementary/middle school child, but now it’s just awful. And it’s photographs, so Steven is probably still out there, as well as his sister. Can you imagine a sibling bringing this book home today?

Holly: There are definitely better books on the subject (with¬† more current photographs and terminology) today! The content seems very candid, though, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Kids probably really have these thoughts. I’m with submitter, though – it may have been helpful back in the day but should really be replaced with something more current.

More Books on the Developmentally Disabled:

Crafts for (the) Retarded?

Training Retarded Babies

Siblings of Retarded Children

Church for the Retarded

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