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Changes to Email RSS Feed

Beginning in July, Google is making changes to its FeedBurner RSS service. Specifically, they will no longer have an RSS by Email service. If you subscribe to ALB by email, you will no longer receive our posts once they make those updates.

Don’t despair! We’ve added a new service to pick up the slack! It’s called Follow.It and all you need to do is click on either the Email RSS button at the top of the right sidebar (or toward the bottom of the page if you’re on a mobile device) or put your email address in the new “Subscribe by Email” form at the bottom of the right sidebar (bottom on mobile).

If you subscribe in a feed reader (like Feedly, The Old Reader, or even Follow.It, for example) there is nothing you need to do to continue receiving your semi-daily piece of collection management gold.  

Now go back to your weeding!

Holly

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We need some help!

I know COVID-19 has made life in libraries much more complicated. Weeding is probably taking a backseat to more important matters. However, we are not as flush with posts as we used to be. Consider sending us some pictures of your more interesting weeds. Don’t forget those books that have been ruined by use or careless patrons.

Find out more by clicking on the submissions tab above. Remember, submissions are anonymous. We won’t out you to your hoarding co-workers. (Every library has hoarders. They probably have some excellent awful books laying around. Snap a few pics when they aren’t looking.)

We appreciate any help you can send us.

Mary and Holly

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The COVID-19 Post

Last week I got hundreds of emails about COVID-19 from every vendor telling me they have a plan and they care deeply about me. Almost every website I read regularly has some kind of COVID-19 plan. So here is mine:

Mary’s ALB COVID-19 Plan

  • Limit the amount of news I am consuming
  • Increase the amount of M&Ms I am consuming
  • Delete emails from vendors about their COVID-19 plans
  • Watch some cat videos

COVID-19 has thrown everything out of order for me. (I promise to be better in the next pandemic.) I have a handful of posts left and a few library specific posts for National Library Week. So until further notice, we are reducing the number of posts per week until I can get back into the catalog or think of something clever to post in its place. If any of you have some candidates hiding out in your personal weeds, bring out your dead and share them with us. Click on the Submissions tab on the main menu to find out more.

For the record, Holly and I are doing just fine, health wise. We hope you and yours are staying healthy and safe.

Mary and Holly

 

Soviet Union

ALB Celebrates 10 Years

10 years ago today, Holly and I went live with our first post. A couple of things were going on at the time: We had started on a crusade about collection quality and weeding, the economy was in free fall, especially in our community, and blogging was a thing. We actually wanted to learn WordPress, so we started goofing around. Holly and I have no discernible talent for anything exciting or artistic, so we talked about what we knew: weeding books. Since we are entertained by both books and oddities, ALB was born. The title Awful Library Books was used until we could think of a better title. We still haven’t thought of one.

So, to honor our decade of curating the wonderfully weird in library collections, we have decided to share our favorites.