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A Handbook for Librarians – National Library Week 2015

Public Access Microcomputers: A Handbook for Librarians

We are celebrating National Library Week at ALB and we have some possible weeding candidates featuring professional collection of that have a library theme.

Submitter: I work in an academic law library and came across this gem from 1984. I’m sure this was useful information 30 years ago, but come on! This book might be of historical interest to someone, but it certainly doesn’t belong in our library anymore.

Holly: Any “handbook for librarians” that calls them “microcomputers” is suspect. The price ranges listed in the second image below are hysterical! You could get 2 disk drives, a 300 baud modem, a printer, and 64K of ram for $3,000 – $5,000 in 1984. We live in magical times, my friends.

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When the Computer Overlords Run the World

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Computers From Olden Times

5 Responses to A Handbook for Librarians – National Library Week 2015

  • Coin-op computers. I don’t think I’ve ever seen those. Did a latter day Ray Bradbury write something as good as Fahrenheit 451 on them?

    • Hm. Maybe they replaced the coin-operated IBM selectric typewriters in the university library? I have forgotten how much time one’s quarter would buy.

  • That coin-operated micro workstation that’s twice the size of any full-size computer you can find now! Plus, coin operated?

  • My city library actually had a coin-op Apple II+ system back in the late 80s through the early 90s! I never used it, but I did notice when a second one showed up and both became free to use. They remained in service well into the 2000s, when the library finally got around to upgrading the green-screen WYSE terminals used for the card catalog.

    If the librarian for that particular library is reading this and the book is to be discarded, I’d recommend getting in touch with Benj Edwards (tech journalist specializing in computer history) to see if he’d like it. His website/blog is http://vintagecomputing.com — the weekly blog entries kind of say it all.