writing business plans

Business Planning With Patron Edits

Writing Business Plans That Get Results
A Step-by-Step Guide
O’Donnell
1991

Although most business plans have core concepts such as capitalization, marketing strategy, staffing, etc. A business plan is a comprehensive plan of attack and is about being able to attract investors, apply for loans, and other normal business matters. The concepts don’t really change, but the technology and methodology might. Bottom line, these types a books will have a bit more wiggle room with respect to age.

Blood Relatives cover

Friday Fiction – Blood Relatives

Blood Relatives
McBain
1975

Submitter: I was weeding for grubby looking books in the mysteries when I came across this Ed McBain title. The real mystery is what condition the book was in when someone wrote “shelve as is” back in 1984. Hopefully not as moldy or dilapidated as it is now!

Holly: But it’s by Ed McBain! But it’s part of a series! You can’t just WEED a book by Ed McBain that is part of a series!

Just kidding. You totally can. I can smell it from here.

Black Lives Matter cover

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter
Edwards and Harris
2016

Submitter: Here is a brand new book on display! It is shiny and new and deals with current events. The barcode sticker obscures the first part of the title, though, so its content is not exactly clear at first glance. I appreciate the uniformity of always having the barcode in the upper left corner, but this unfortunate covering of title (or sometimes author) is a frequent problem.

If you have read at all about #alllivesmatter vs. #blacklivesmatter, this sticker placement becomes even more unfortunate. Here is an article from USA Today in case you have never heard of this hashtag controversy.

Classroom in a book cover

Assroom Classroom

Adobe Premier Pro CC
2015 Release
Classroom in a Book
Jago
2016

Submitter: I swear we didn’t do this on purpose. Also, I’ve taken to singing the title of this series (Classroom in a Book) to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell anytime I refer to it. Now that’s stuck in your head, too!

Holly: Ha ha! I love these little sticker mishaps. Just a half-inch to the left and it wouldn’t have obstructed the CL in Classroom. It’s a perfectly fine book. Keep it. Even passive-aggressively leave the sticker in place if you like. I would.

damaged cover of goosebumps

Paperback Retirement

Goosebumps
Escape from the Carnival of Horrors
Stine
1995

This book was given to us by a Page with the note slapped on the cover. You can see the back cover also suffered some stress as well. This particular paperback had nearly 100 checkouts when it was retired. Given the condition, I am going to guess that was maybe 50 circs too many. Damaged books are easy weeders and can improve the look of a collection without too much trauma on those folks who maybe like to hang on to stuff a bit too long. It is also a good strategy if a library hasn’t been weeded in a while. In a way, we should be proud when books like this have served the public well. I am quite sure that this book was pretty much loved to death.