Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984?
1981; revised and expanded edition
Having a date as part of the title automatically limits its shelf life. Even if the title just said “Will the Soviet Union Survive?” probably could have bought more time on a shelf. Having said that, these books do have a place in a university or archival collection. Public libraries, on the other hand, would probably be better retiring this and replacing with historical retrospectives.
This is a good reminder that although we talk about general “rules” for collection maintenance, this is really the job of the collection development policy and library mission. No two libraries will have the same collection or “flavor”. For that matter, no two librarians look at a collection in the same manner. The uniqueness of a library, and its community will shape how collections develop.