[bksvol-discuss] Re: Books with outdated information

 
I would think that anyone who was interested in such books or doing  research 
on the questions they cover, including high school students, would pay  
attention to the copyright date and be aware of the historical context. The 
very  
same applies to users of print books. In a message dated 8/8/2008 1:20:27 A.M.  
Pacific Daylight Time, popularplace@xxxxxxxxx writes:

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  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Books with outdated information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 Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Books with outdated  information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that may have  outdated information, and I've asked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years and/or have outdated information  because they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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