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Hoarding is not collection development

File those cards properly!

ALA Rules for Filing Catalog Cards

It’s National Library Week everyone! This week we will be featuring some lovely library themed posts. If you are a library lover this is the time to show it!  Visit your local library this week and while you are at it, how about opening that wallet and support your community’s library.  

Also, make sure you enter our Knock Knock Contest for your own personal library kit!

Submitter: This book is particularly awful as it was on the regular non-fiction shelf in a high school library.  This wasn’t even on a professional shelf being kept for historic value after the elimination of the card catalog 35 years ago!  It was actually there for student use!  It is also an unbelievably unnecessary tome; any librarian (or anyone with an ounce of common sense) could figure out how to alphabetize the card catalog without this instructional manual.

Holly: What a colossal waste of space.  It is kind of neat as a historical perspective, but unless that is your library’s mission – to keep things for historic value – then it is really useless.  Put it in someone’s office, where it will be found when they retire 30 years from now.  We’ll post it again when you find it there in 2043 (on it’s 101st birthday).

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Knock Knock Giveaway!

Who wants to win not one, not two, but THREE awesome prizes from Knock Knock? That’s right, folks, we’ve teamed up again with Knock Knock for a three-prize giveaway for National Library Week. You can win a Personal Library Kit, pictured left, as well as a Reading Rumpus and a bookmark pad of your choice, such as those pictured below.

Simply comment on this post and tell us why you’d like to win. Three winners will be chosen at random by our trusty WordPress contest plug-in. One entry per person, please. Knock Knock has also asked us to limit winners to U.S. residents. The contest closes at midnight (12:00am EST) on Saturday, April 19, 2014, which is the last day of National Library Week.

But wait, there’s more! Awful Library Books readers will receive 25% off the Personal Library Kit by entering the code AWFUL at checkout. This is a one-time use code that ends on April 20, 2014.

Update: This contest is now closed. Winners will be notified the week of 4/21/2014!

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Before It’s Too Late


Before It’s Too Late

Steve, just recently back from service in Vietnam, is now back in his hometown of Jefferson City. Looking for work, he ends up working for Ace Collection Agency. During a run of the mill car repossession, Steve ends up being involved with a murder. Lots of tough guy talk and plenty of hippie lingo. I was really starting to “dig it”. Other than this sounding like a really R rated version of the Mod Squad, this book is not too bad.

Stay groovy everyone,


“One Black, One White, One Blonde”

Fantastic Seducer

Trouble After School

Boy Hungry

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