Hoarding is not collection development
Taking Your Library Career to the Next Level
PLA Weeding Manual
Making a Collection Count


Before Disaster Strikes

Before Disaster Strikes coverBefore Disaster Strikes: Developing an Emergency Procedures Manual

Submitter: Now, in our academic library, we have equipment in-house to use all of the media types that are still in the collection. (Yes, we even have a laser disc player), but I have yet to find the computer that still has a floppy drive. I’ll be sure to ask someone!

The actual information in the manual is likely still quite useful, but the contents list makes me cringe. There’s some media migration that needs to happen here…

Holly: Do you mean floppy disc like those giant original ones, or the 3″ ones from a few years ago? My library actually still has a USB floppy disk reader for use on our public computers, although it is rarely used. Even so, there are current materials on this subject that supersede this.  We’ve also learned a lot in this country from various disasters we have endured, and those lessons are not included here. Weed and replace!


Nuclear Emergency! Are you ready?

Nuclear Emergency coverNuclear Emergency
How to Protect Your Family From Radiation

This book looks older than it is. I keep thinking that this isn’t terribly different from our posts from the Cold War era.  Most of the advice is like the chapter on Nuclear Explosions, below. Don’t look at the blast, etc. The entire book is underwhelming. However, I am glad to see the late Allen Ludden doing his part during a nuclear blast. I feel safer already.


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Don’t worry! I will save you!

Life Saving for TeenagersLife Saving for Teenagers

Submitter: This was discovered in a public library, in the junior non-fiction section. Not only is it horrifically out of date but it’s also very strange. Instead of teaching how to do Artificial Respiration, it demonstrates how to do a practice drill. Without any information on what you would do in a real life situation.

From p. 31 – What is now known as the Recovery Position is called “Coma Position”

From p. 93  – Example of demonstration of tow carries, with incorrect arm placement that could easily choke victim.

Holly: Out of date – CHECK! Boring, outdated black and white pictures – CHECK! Completely wrong information by today’s standards – CHECK! Weeded – CHECK!

Mary: I know I am dating myself, but this was a book I used when I did a life saving course.  I know everyone feels much safer with my 1972 life saving skills.

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