[bksvol-discuss] Re: Books with outdated information

I guess what bothered me about those books--not histories or other kinds of 
nonfiction books where it really doesn't matter when it was written--is that 
someone reading it would have a completely wrong impression of what the 
situation is today. Reading an autobiography or essay by someone living and 
writing at the time is different. I understand your points of view as scholars 
and people interested in knowing what others living at other periods of time 
thought, but if, for example, a high school or middle school student was 
assigned to write a paper on South Africa or the prison system and chose one of 
those two books as his main source, he wouldn't get a very good grade or 
knowledge.

Yes, Carrie--I thought of censorship, which I don't like either, but...

Anyway, I bow to everyone's opinions. smile

Cindy

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--- On Thu, 8/7/08, Gary Petraccaro <garyp130@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: Gary Petraccaro <garyp130@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Books with outdated information
> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Thursday, August 7, 2008, 10:15 PM
> Books don't just tell us what we think today, but what
> we believed
> yesterday.  They're windows into different times and
> cultures.
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008 10:02 PM
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Books with outdated information
> 
> 
> >I don't know what the bookshare policy is about
> including nonfiction books
> >that may have outdated information, and I've asked
> Carrie if she can find
> >out. Libraries, school and public, periodically go
> through their
> >collections and pull books that haven't circulated
> for a certain number of
> >years and/or have outdated information because they
> need the space for
> >newer books. That isn't the case, of course, for an
> electronic library like
> >bookshare, but I seriously question the value of time
> spent scanning and
> >validating books that may have facts and information
> that is no longer
> >valid. I bring this up because two books added today to
> the collection,
> >Move Your Shadow-South Africa, Black and White  by
> Joseph Lelyveld and
> >Doing Time: A Look at Crime and Prisons  by Phyllis
> Elperin Clark, Robert
> >Lehrman I wonder about. I haven't read them, but
> looking at their copyright
> >dates (and I think maybe that of the former might be
> incorrect--without
> >looking at the
> > copyright page, the information I've found
> indicates that the book was
> > copyrighted in 1985, not 1995) my impression is that
> circumstances in
> > South Africa are quite different now than 10 or 20
> years ago, and that
> > there have also been changes in the prison system in
> the last 20 years.
> >
> > My suggestion would be that submitters and validators
> consider whether
> > it's worth their time and energy to scan and/or
> validate books that a
> > print library probably would discard. JMO
> >
> > Cindy
> >
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> >
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