Today we are going to examine the phenomenon of the floating head. The floating head (or heads) have shown up enough times that I am starting to suspect that this is some kind of weird subset of book design art. I am not quite sure what the artist is trying to accomplish. Maybe bring an ethereal look? The artist can only draw heads?
Submitter: I was excited to see this book at my local public library. I always like learning more about what other libraries are doing in the way of digital libraries. This book is a joke! Just take a look at the scanning section. Not to mention the pixelated HTML screenshots. Sad…
Holly: Apparently Ess Ess Publications is a publisher of library science materials in India. I don’t know where Submitter’s library is located, and I don’t know how useful this would be to libraries in India. I was surprised at the publication date, though, and those screen shots on the example pages (below) are impossible to read. Not your best choice on the subject here in the U.S.!
Guide to the Evaluation of Library Collections
Collection Management and Development Guides
This 1989 publication was sitting in a professional collection as of this writing. I would be surprised if anyone had even looked at this book in the last 20 years.
It is written in an organized format, like an outline. Easy for referencing, but boring in the way it looks. Obviously this one is much better. (Even though those lazy authors haven’t updated it for a new edition.)
You can already guess this one is long past it’s prime.
Time to weed the professional collection people!
Happy National Library Week
Today’s National Library Week choice is this 1964 book about libraries that was still in circulation as of this writing. I was impressed that it actually didn’t look worse. Other than the yellowing pages, it is in pretty good shape. The text isn’t too bad, but it is rather dense for the kids. To a kid in 2021, this is really not helpful.
As a librarian, I have some comments. The lady on the in the illustration about the Mazarin Library really shouldn’t be leaning on the display like that. My first impression was that she was sleeping. In the final illustration of the “modern” library, some of the card catalog drawers are not closed properly. Is it too much to ask that people shut the drawers (gently, of course) when they are finished using the catalog? Also the card catalog seems to be a bit small and inconveniently placed for use. Finally, where are the golf pencils and scraps of paper? I’m getting a twitch looking at these illustrations.
Libraries and How to Use Them
Another library book about libraries. Although geared to kids, it is pretty text heavy and the illustrations are just okay. As much as I could appreciate some definitions of library jargon, this book probably has more depth in some pages than a library science textbook. All in all, it isn’t the worst, but it is woefully dated.
I also kept looking at the cover and thinking it was some kind of pattern, like a stained glass window. It took me a while to realize that the groovy cover really was a bunch of books on a shelf. In 1979, this book is decent but in 2021. Somebody should weed this and submit it as supplemental reading for an intro to library science course.
Check It Out
The Book About Libraries”
It’s time to let the kids know about how much fun it is at the library. This 1985 book is colorful does a nice job of library history and about the job of a librarian. Too bad this is about the library of the 1980s. Note the use of the card catalog and no computers. It’s a cute book, but it really needs an update.
In honor of National Library Week 2021, ALB is presenting some library and library-themed books. We are kicking off our week with a romance!
Our man of the hour, Rand Marshall, heard there was a children’s librarian named Jamie who turned down all the cool guys for dates. Rand was up for the challenge. Rand also has a secret identity as Brick Lawson, a best selling author of action thrillers that are wildly popular, but universally panned by the highbrow literary types.
Our meet cute starts with Rand hitting on our librarian by asking for a book by Brick Lawson. Of course, Jamie is all about quality literature and rolls her eyes at his request. (Very bad librarianship, Jamie – we don’t comment on customer choices).
Naked in Cyberspace
If this was 2001, I would be begging for this book! I was pretty new at librarianship and still figuring out the potential of databases and finding info. This was really for those folks doing background checks and competitive intelligence, but I would have loved to have something like this book on the desk with me in the early 2000s. Of course this book was out dated before too long. I have even tried to poke around to some of the websites and many are still good, but most are dead links or have been moved/combined into other sites.