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The PowerPoint presentation given by Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner, creators of www.awfullibrarybooks.info. The presentation was given on October 20th, 2009 in Kresge Auditorium at Wayne State University.

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Alb Wsu

  1. 1. Awful Library Books Wayne State University Library and Information Science Program** Progressive Librarians Guild **(Where Mary and Holly became the obsessed librarians they are today!)
  2. 2. What is Awful Library Books? <ul><li>www.awfullibrarybooks.info </li></ul><ul><li>Daily blog of the worst of library collections </li></ul>
  3. 3. How did it start? <ul><li>In a room just like the one pictured below… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(with people dressed just like this, too…) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What hardware/software is used? <ul><li>WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>Domain purchased from GoDaddy </li></ul><ul><li>Scanner </li></ul><ul><li>Photo editor </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Gmail </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who are your readers? <ul><li>Librarians of all kinds </li></ul><ul><li>Book lovers </li></ul><ul><li>Lay people </li></ul><ul><li>You fine folks? </li></ul>This guy? Probably!** **www.peopleofwalmart.com
  6. 6. What Do You Post? <ul><li>Old, dated </li></ul><ul><li>Stupid </li></ul><ul><li>Esoteric </li></ul><ul><li>Obscure </li></ul><ul><li>Bad art work </li></ul>
  7. 7. What are your favorite posts? <ul><li>Hangin’ Out: The Upside Down Exercise Book </li></ul><ul><li>By Ira Jay and Suki Rappaport </li></ul><ul><li>1983 </li></ul>Nice short shorts, Borat!
  8. 8. What are your favorite posts? <ul><li>A History of the Umbrella </li></ul><ul><li>By T. S. Crawford </li></ul><ul><li>1970 </li></ul>“ What we really need is a book about umbrellas!”
  9. 9. What are your favorite posts? <ul><li>Dee Snider’s Teenage Survival Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Dee Snider </li></ul><ul><li>1987 </li></ul>I was sooo cool in the 80’s!
  10. 10. What are your favorite posts? <ul><li>A Passion for Donkeys </li></ul><ul><li>By Elizabeth Svendsen </li></ul><ul><li>1988 </li></ul>‘ Cuz everyone should be passionate about something !
  11. 11. What are your favorite posts? <ul><li>When Children Invite Child Abuse </li></ul><ul><li>By Svea Gold </li></ul><ul><li>1986 </li></ul>Hope the author fired her agent. Who’s brilliant idea was this for a title?
  12. 12. What are your favorite posts? <ul><li>Milady’s For Men Only </li></ul><ul><li>By Cotter </li></ul><ul><li>1994 </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>What To Do When the Russians Come: A Survivor’s Guide </li></ul><ul><li>By Robert Conquest </li></ul><ul><li>1985 </li></ul>What are your favorite posts?
  14. 14. <ul><li>Wax in Our World </li></ul><ul><li>Solveig Paulson Russell </li></ul><ul><li>1966 </li></ul>What are your favorite posts?
  15. 15. Where do the books come from? <ul><li>Shhh! It’s a secret! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mostly submissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All posted anonymously </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Inter Library Loan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MelCat Rules!! </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Is there a serious message? <ul><li>Collection quality </li></ul><ul><li>Library Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Collection management policy </li></ul><ul><li>Currency, authority, relevancy </li></ul><ul><li>Collections evolve </li></ul>Weed!
  17. 17. <ul><li>What Everyone Should Know about the Breast Cancer Controversy </li></ul><ul><li>By George Crile </li></ul><ul><li>1973 </li></ul>Is there a serious message?
  18. 18. <ul><li>How to Get Out of Debt </li></ul><ul><li>Ted Nichols </li></ul><ul><li>1976 </li></ul>Is there a serious message?
  19. 19. <ul><li>It’s Your Future! </li></ul><ul><li>By Catalyst Staff </li></ul><ul><li>1984 </li></ul>Is there a serious message?
  20. 20. <ul><li>What To Do About Your Brain-Injured child </li></ul><ul><li>By Glenn Doman </li></ul><ul><li>1974 </li></ul>Is there a serious message?
  21. 21. What are some ways to ensure a quality collection? <ul><li>Collection management policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defines the OBJECTIVE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies your service population/customers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gives general criteria </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. What are some ways to ensure a quality collection? <ul><li>Audit Library Processes and Workflows </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Note how/when collection decisions made </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perform an ON-GOING physical inventory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Periodic changes in collection responsibilities </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. What are some ways to ensure a quality collection? <ul><li>Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Weeding </li></ul><ul><li>Read our book! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coming ~ 2010 </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. How do librarians make selections? <ul><li>Review sources </li></ul><ul><li>Pop culture: Oprah, Entertainment Weekly </li></ul><ul><li>Vendor bulletins </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions from library users </li></ul><ul><li>Collection management team </li></ul><ul><li>Selection assignments </li></ul>
  25. 25. What if I make a bad choice? <ul><li>You’ll end up on ALB! </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll learn from your mistakes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Track usage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You’ll find better review sources </li></ul>THIS guy made a bad choice! www.peopleofwalmart.com
  26. 26. … But my boss won’t let me weed! <ul><li>Sigh… </li></ul><ul><li>Have a plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What collection to start with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What to do with them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money for the library? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make a case </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Circulation reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Space concerns </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Preview to upcoming posts <ul><li>Coming soon to ALB… </li></ul>
  28. 28. Elvis People by Ted Harrison
  29. 29. Dating for Under a Dollar by Blair Tolman
  30. 30. Some of Our Favorite Library Science Posts <ul><li>This is what you have to look forward to in your career! </li></ul>
  31. 31. Careers in a Library <ul><li>Graduation Advice from Holly & Mary </li></ul>
  32. 32. More Library Career Opportunities <ul><li>I Want to Be a Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Greene </li></ul><ul><li>1960 </li></ul>
  33. 33. Romance in the stacks! <ul><li>Jinny Williams Library Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Temkin </li></ul><ul><li>1967 </li></ul>
  34. 34. Cutting Edge Library Science! <ul><li>Opportunities in Library and Information Science </li></ul><ul><li>Helm and Sullivan </li></ul><ul><li>1986 </li></ul>
  35. 35. Can YOU be a librarian? <ul><li>I Can Be A Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Green </li></ul><ul><li>1988 </li></ul>
  36. 36. Go Libraries! <ul><li>Holly Hibner </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Services Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Plymouth District Library </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://hhibner.blogspot.com </li></ul>Mary Kelly Reference Librarian Salem-South Lyon District Library [email_address] http://practicallibrarian.blogspot.com

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