I’m not sure how it took me so long to hear about the Awful Library Books blog, but I’m glad I found it. Or rather, that someone found it for me. I’ve long been a fan of bad book covers, and there are some remarkably bad romance novel covers out there, which I’m always looking for. For instance:
Before it moved over to its new domain, the tagline for the Awful Books blog was “The Shame of library collections everywhere.” Awesome. A quick lesson about library jobs and how we librarians manage the collections is in order.
Weeding library books = the best part of my job/hilarity unparalleled
Weeding means to look at the books on the shelves and get rid of anything that shouldn’t be there. I am currently in charge of my locati0ns’ collection from the Dewey numbers 600-649.
I take the books off the shelf, scan them, and look for reasons to either keep them or discard them–they actually go to the book sale when they get discarded. Reasons for discarding books include:
- book damage
- book has been half eaten
- book has a bookmark made of bacon in it
- irrelevant or outdated material–I have the medical section, so this is usually my main reason for getting rid of stuff, it just isn’t right to have books about “cutting edge” breakthroughs in medicine from 1999
Reasons books are sometimes kept when they should probably be discarded:
Covers like this over on the right. Wow. To date, I think my favorite cover that I have personally found was a book with a skull on the front. The skull was on fire. The title was: Crystal Meth…They Call It Ice.
I love to weed. Every time I pick up a book in my collection I know that I’m going to find something ludicrous, absurd, or wonderful. Maybe all three. And sometimes the books are great and the information in them is priceless, but someone at the publishing house left a drunk intern in charge when it came to cover selection.
Anyways, another slice of life from the library. Please go spend some time browsing the awful library books blog. It is truly fantastic and they’re adding to it all the time.
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