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.
The Book Finder: A Guide to Children’s Literature about the Needs and Problems of Youth Aged 2-15
Time to consider weeding those professional collections.
Submitter: My library is doing away with its reference collection; items will be re-integrated into the circulating collection or weeded. I found this particular book in the juvenile reference section, on a very dusty shelf that never gets touched. While I like the idea of being able to find a book on a particular topic when a child is asking for it, there are many, many other sources I would use before I would pick up this particular volume. It’s ridiculously dated, and most of the titles in this book aren’t even in our collection anymore. I could see it being a useful addition to a SLIS library or archive, but in a public library it’s just taking up valuable shelf space.
Holly: We have a new “book finder” these days. It’s called the online catalog.
More Book Finders:
The picture file: A manual & curriculum-related subject heading list
Submitter: [This is] from a middle school library non-fiction shelf available for student use! The internet eliminated the need for picture files more than 15 years ago, but I found this book on the shelf last year. Once school libraries were staffed based on the amount of items in the collection. That’s the only explanation I can think of for why this book was still on the shelf. What’s more astounding is that someone paid to put this in an online catalog instead of weeding it when the card catalog and picture files were eliminated.
Holly: Who knows how things like this get missed or passed over when weeding!
I have to confess: I had no idea what a picture file is. I can see how it might have been a cool thing in the 1970s and 1980s, though! It looks like it’s a file of pictures (um…duh, right?) that are used for bulletin boards, displays, teaching lessons, and that sort of thing.