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Taking Your Library Career to the Next Level
PLA Weeding Manual
Making a Collection Count

Combating Crime

Police: Skill and Science Combat Crime


Submitter: This is a children’s book from 1971 (back when I was a child) but I am ashamed to admit it was lurking in our adult collection until very recently.  I found it when I was looking for something else.  I particularly love the lady police officers.

Holly: What kind of goofy pay phone is scooter guy using in the first picture (below)?  At least women cops don’t have to wear skirts any more.  That’s quite a fancy type writer the guy in the last picture is using, too.  He has excellent posture!

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I Can Be a Lawyer

I Can Be A Lawyer

Submitter: Someone actually submitted an ILL request for this book.  I gave it out in hopes that it would not find its way home.  Unfortunately, like the proverbial cat, it came back.  It, and a few of its brethren, were summarily weeded.  You will note that men are lawyers and women are assistants.  If the massive blocks on their desks were not described as being computers, I doubt the children reading the book would know what they were.  It is also good to know that “many lawyers” use computers.

Holly: There seems to be no end to this delightful series.  Career books go out of date so fast!

Just Say NO to drugs!

Celebrity Drug Use
The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs

I believe the point of this volume was to de-glamorize drugs.  The result is a pretty boring book and probably created to “fill out” the big encyclopedia set. There is a bit of history of drug legislation but that is about it–not exactly a wealth of information.  When I weeded this little number it had barely seen the light of day.  However, there are some lovely celebrity photos from the 80’s worth sharing.  Enjoy!