Give ‘Em What They Want!: Managing the Public’s Library
American Library Association
Submitter: This was not a bad choice for 1992. But holding on to it today is just sad. This was still being used at my local library. I think it’s time to update to this century.
Holly: This was great in the early 1990s! I even like the “give ’em what they want” philosophy for library management books for today. It is just too dated to be useful, though. The screen shots below (especially the Baker & Taylor ordering system) are just comical. Of course technology is still part of long-range planning, as indicated in the third image below (the one with the microfilm machine), but the way that is worded is soooo 1992. Or earlier.
250 tested ideas for lively libraries or GO, PEP, and POP!
Baeckler and Larson
Submitter: Not only is this book ancient, but it was also still on the shelf. We are a small, rural public library.
Holly: The sample suggestion card (first image below) is fantastic. At first I thought an actual patron wrote in the book and the staff responded, but it’s just a sample (the authors’ names are in the response). Some of the ideas in the book aren’t bad. Others, like “Acquaint yourself with …various printing machines: ditto, mimeograph, electric mimeo an dstencil maker, offset press.” are horribly outdated.
ALB Celebrates National Library Week 2017 with some library themed choices.
Opportunities for Minorities in Librarianship
Josey and Peeples
Submitter: It always exciting to see librarian career guides at my local public library. I am always talking up our career to people who would make great librarians. So it’s good to have books that better help people understand what we do. Sadly, this is not one of them. All this represents is why it’s important to weed your career section. I am attaching the punch card I found in the back of the book. Those were all removed in the 1990’s, so it’s pretty cool to see. Who remembers those!?
Holly: Fantastic book for the 70s, and worth updating if possible to reflect diversity in librarianship. This belongs in a library that collects on the history of librarianship. It cites the 1970 census, for goodness’ sake. That was FOUR censuses ago!