school desegregation cover


Effective School Desegregation: Equity, Quality, and Feasibility
Hawley (Ed.)

Submitter: A coworker of mine found this one.  What’s really weird is that the book was published in 1981.  Wasn’t desegregation from much earlier?

Holly:  To be fair, most of the libraries showing holdings in WorldCat are universities.  This does have research value.  It’s the few public libraries on the list that worry me.  Hopefully they are in some sort of special collection, not just mixed in with the other 370’s.

It does seem like a fairly modern date for this topic,  but actually modern education gurus like Jonathan Kozol are publishing currently about what they call “apartheid schools” in the U.S.  The problem with this title is that it was published too late to be useful to the 1950’s and 1960’s civil rights movement and too old to be useful to the current educational advocacy movement.  It was only useful to the 1980’s movement.  I’d still weed it if it were in my public library, but it has a place in certain research libraries.

Hostage rescue manual

Hostage Rescue

Hostage Rescue

Submitter: Attached is a scan of the book Hostage Rescue:  A Manual that was just recently found on our shelves.  Though this book obviously has its place in both literature and libraries, our very small public library is probably not the best fit.  Our library is gearing up to celebrate its 10th Anniversary and since then relatively “new” old books that were donated the library when it was first opened are still sometimes found our our shelves. We’re always weeding, but this summer we’re going through a huge project and getting rid of everything outdated, unnecessary and ridiculous.  I guess it does have some value and might have been a relevant tool for training, but in a small public library?   Even though our library shares a building with the township police station, it’s not surprising to know that this book was never checked out!  And plus, Thompson wrote a revised addition in 2006 that probably touches on more current trends, technology and reasoning.