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When a Man Loves a Woman and a Librarian Loves Weeding

Michael Bolton cover

Michael Bolton: Time, Love, and Tenderness
Randall
1993

Submitter: I started a new job at a small two-year college about a month ago, and most of my work so far has been figuring out just how bad the collection really is. The prior library director saw fit to have this 1993 fan publication library-bound to ensure its longevity. Thank goodness! It’s in pretty much pristine condition. Which it should be since it’s never circulated. Most pages feature a picture or six of MB–wearing different outfits, in the company of various starlets, playing softball. Very useful for your first year economics class or something.

Holly: I’d like to say that this is the first Michael Bolton book we’ve featured on ALB, but it isn’t. It is, however, the oldest! Why on earth would the Director bind something like this? Don’t let that stop you from weeding it, though. Better question: why would a two-year college have it in the collection at all?

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Take the Wrecking Ball to This One

Miley CyrusModern Role Models: Miley Cyrus
Robson
2008

Submitter: I think this book is awful because if you compare Miley Cyrus then and now, there is a huge difference and a whole new perspective on her being a “Role Model.” This book was actually in my library’s collection and we weeded it in November of last year. We are a public library in a small town, with a very conservative demographic. We were lucky to catch this and remove it as quickly as possible before a concerned parent brings it to our attention…

Holly: The kids were probably all clamoring for Hannah Montana books back in the day. The show didn’t end until 2011. It was a good choice in 2008, but by the last two seasons of the show she was not exactly conservative small town America’s role model. And now? Well…the rest of her story is more likely to be shelved in adult biographies than juvenile! She is an adult now, and kids today probably don’t even know her as a child star.

How Will I Know?

Whitney Houston coverWhitney Houston
Cox
1998

Submitter: What an awful cover! Yes the processing with that translucent cover does not help. Plus the artwork itself is unflattering to Whitney. This book only covers up to 1996. There is no mention of her drug use, fall from grace, or sad death. Time to go!

Holly: The original cover is quite nice! I like the soft painting portrait of Whitney. Unfortunately, the submitted copy is all scratched up or something. Between the messed up cover, the layers of labels and tape on the spine, and the chewed-up corners, this book could be weeded on condition alone. Of all the titles in this “Black Americans of Achievement” series, this is one of the few I’d weed. It looks like a pretty nice series for school and public libraries otherwise.

 

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