BSA44 wrote:In response to why I care, is that I'm in a field where image matters (business/teaching MBAs).....
I agree about looking phony. I'm a professor, too -- over 20 years in -- and if I saw a new tenure-track professor having an office full of random books on her/his shelf I'd wonder what else is phony, too... Don't buy books just for show. In my opinion, it diminishes books. And you.Watty wrote:Don't put dummy books there. In addition to looking phoney there a chance that someone important could see a book on your shelf that they are familiar with and ask you something about it.
In my office I have shelves of my old physics and astronomy books from my undergraduate and graduate years, as well as examination and desk copies of textbooks that have been sent to me since I started teaching. In addition, I have old lab notebooks from my research over the years. I also have a shelf of non-science books (dictionary, Bible, and some comic strip collections such as Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side, and New Yorker cartoons). One more shelf is devoted to knick-knacks from Star Trek, my favorite baseball team, and comics.
What I'm getting at (and I think a lot of us are saying this) is that even though we're moving into an age in which much stuff is digital, you will find that over time you will have some books. No need to rush the seasons at this point. I like the idea of using the shelves in the meantime to non-book pursuits.