Submitter: This probably would have been a really useful add to a public library’s collection in 1987… The problem is, my public library didn’t add this book to its collection until 2006!!! This seems to be a pretty comprehensive introduction to yoga, with lots of black and white photos illustrating movement through the asanas. I was impressed that both women and men were represented – there are probably four or five pose models throughout the book and it’s noted that they are all students of the American Yoga Association – but they are also all fit and white… And I think Jane Fonda wants her leotard back.
I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why this book was added to the collection this millennium. (Actually, I’m pretty sure it had to have been a donation.) There was a new edition published in 2002 that would have made a much better choice. Weren’t we all pretty much living in yoga pants by 2006?
Holly: Folks, I promise you, it’s perfectly fine to not add every single donation to your collection. Your gift policy (which you all have, right? RIGHT??) states clearly that donations are subject to collection development criteria, just as new materials are. Need a sample gift policy? Sample policies #2 and #3 here have good gift policies included).