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Created by Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner, two public librarians in Michigan, the Awful Library Books website exists in part to showcase books that have been weeded, or removed, from library collections. That is, titles that at one time seemed like a good acquisition, but have become outdated or are no longer relevant. Some examples of this type of title currently on view include "Antiques for Men," 1974; "Mentally Defective Children," 1914; "Law Enforcement Employment Guide," 1989; and "Those Amazing Leeches," 1988. The site also provides resources on the art and science of weeding and collection development for librarians and others, under the Practical Librarian tab. For anyone looking to suggest awful books to be added to this site, complete instructions can be found under the Submissions tab.
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Date of Scout Publication 2016-05-20
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2016/0520

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