Public Domain photo by Shari Weinsheimer

Seeking another source for definitions for my collection development class, beyond my textbook, I stumbled upon the definition of cockroaches in the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science by Joan M. Reitz and had a giggle.

Reitz defines the pests as:

A very common nocturnal beetle-like insect of the genus Blatta, dark brown in color and of comparatively large size, known for its voraciousness and affinity for human habitations. It prefers kitchens where it multiplies rapidly if sufficient food is available. Cockroaches also feed on paste and glue and will chew through the binding of a book to get to it. They also excrete a dark-staining liquid that can be difficult to remove. The best way to prevent infestation is to prohibit food and drink near library collections. According to Jane Greenfield (The Care of Fine Books, Nick Lyons Books, 1988), boric acid powder sprinkled lightly on the shelves around books also discourages cockroaches. Click here to learn more about cockroaches and how to control them, courtesy of the University of Rhode Island.

For this week’s discussion questions, I found an interesting article on library fraud relevant to collection development: $500K library fraud nets jail.