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PLA Weeding Manual

Dr. Johnny Fever is in the house

How to Be a Disc Jockey
See
1980

Submitter: I was browsing in our adult oversize nonfiction shelves for some movie books last week, when I stumbled across this gem!  To be fair, 90% of that collection should be weeded, so it’s not that hard to find an Awful Library Book, but this one is especially humorous.  The cover alone kept us laughing for a long time!
The discussion of various lighting equipment and effects cracked me up, with it’s emphasis on disco-era musts like infinity panels, mirror balls, and dance floor lighting modules.  But my favorite page was 42, where the author comments that “video has always been slow to catch on in discos.”
Apparently, the author briefly had a Twitter feed last summer, in which he states that he is working on a rewrite…http://twitter.com/DJDavidSee.
Holly: Outta sight!  (And out of mind…)

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Aliens From Space
The Real Story of Unidentified Flying Objects
Keyhoe
1973

Folks, I have been working on weeding in the zeros-100’s and I am still having trouble coming up with some solid criteria for those topics like UFOs, Bigfoot, crop circles and all sorts of other stuff that floats in the lower range of Dewey land.  Currency?  Scientific authority?  My expertise is limited to episodes of  the X files, Unsolved Mysteries, and lately Fringe.  Anyone have any nice ideas I can communicate in a collection objective? Everyone in public library land knows this stuff is usually good to go until it falls apart.  I keep thinking we can do better.

I Want To Believe!
Mary

PS Here is the back cover.  BTW, there is no mention of Roswell at all in this book.  Hmmm….

Romance in the Stacks

Jinny Williams Library Assistant
Temkin and Hovell
1967

Can our young modern girl find love in her local library?  Our girl Jinny moves through the stacks looking for love in all the wrong places. Maybe it will be the cute guy downloading inappropriate material from the Internet. Maybe it will be that ultra sexy new librarian who keeps “checking her out”. Maybe she will get a couple of cats and head off to library school and get her MLS.  Grab this page turner and find out!

Mary