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 We’re always weeding, but this summer we’re going through a huge project and getting rid of everything outdated, unnecessary and ridiculous.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.
Holly: I’ll agree that it’s a reasonable weed for a small public library. It’s a bit outdated, but not completely irrelevant (yet…). In a larger library it could easily be left in the collection without being labeled completely “awful,” but you know your library, it’s space limitations, its users, and its goals. Mary and I went through a similar scenario about ten years ago when the library where we worked moved the collection from a tiny older building into a larger new building. There were a lot of donated and out-of-date items that got transferred, which we weeded over the following few years. Good times…
Verdict: not the most awful library book we’ve ever seen, but definitely a contender in your setup.