Must We Bus: Segregated Schools and National Policy Orfield 1978 Submitter: The book is from 1978, and while we’re sure it was very well-researched (coming from a prestigious outfit like the Brookings Institution), the topic is, well, a bit out
Diet, Crime, and Delinquency Schauss 1981 From the back of the book: “…demonstrates how ‘junk’ food diets, sugar starvation, vitamin deficiencies, lead pollution and food allergies can convert a normal brain into a criminal mind.” I love the picture on
Date Abuse Silverstein 1994 Again we have an important topic, totally appropriate for teen collection in a public library. However the cover art is just dated and more than a little odd. It looks like our abuser is trying to
I’m Black and I’m Sober: A Minister’s Daughter Tells Her Story About Fighting the Disease of Alcoholism – and Winning Allen 1978 Submitter: A private mental health library recently closed and I went over to select titles for my library. While
Effective School Desegregation: Equity, Quality, and Feasibility
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.
Straight Talk About Sexually Transmitted Diseases Brodman, Thacker and Kranz 1993 Not a bad choice for the early 90’s but of course medical information is suspect after five or so years. I did appreciate the candor of this book and
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.
Making it from 40 to 50 Davitz 1976 Submitter: Ironically, I turn 40 in three months. I found this just in time! The chapter headings for Middle 40s men are my favorite part. Holly: Mary totally missed the boat on