Submitter: This gem is still on-shelf at [University], where I attended library school. The writing is pretty good overall, but it was the text on page 16 that first had me howling — the kids at the library each *happen* to come across a wonderful book that just *happens* to be written by Sarah Splaver. What a coincidence!
The fact that the tech services librarians have personalities that are “quite different” from the public service staff — such as the “pleasant, enthusiastic” children’s librarian — made me imagine surly catalogers and scowling acquisitions staff hiding out in the back offices.
I was happy to see diversity in the images of this book! Given that it was published in 1967, I wasn’t expecting that. On the other hand, the chapter “Were Men Meant for Librarianship” emphasizes that men are especially wanted for TOP JOBS and administrative positions. ‘Cause none of the ladies are best suited for that, apparently.
The photograph that had me gaping in disbelief was the one featuring the music librarian… as she helps a patron who has a pipe in his mouth!
Holly: The kids in these pictures are about to retire from their librarian careers!
The Incredible Internet Guide to Star Wars
Submitter: Found in 791s when pulling material for a display. I guess people were excited enough about the Phantom Menace in 1999 that a book collecting all the Star Wars fan sites was more useful than a Web Ring (remember those?) or, ya know, a Google search? Incredibly, it had circed in the last 2 years. The book is full of Geocities and Tripod sites,which led me to discover that Tripod is still around in 2018, and the (not about Star Wars) page I put up on Tripod in 1998 and then stopped updating is still live!
Holly: People do love all things Star Wars! Seriously, though…Geocities and Tripod? Lame. That’s pretty funny that Submitter’s site is still live twenty years later, though.
Stress for Success: How to Make Stress on the Job Work for You
Submitter: I just can’t even.
Holly: Hanson had a few stressy books in the late 80s/early 90s. The Joy of Stress seems to be a popular pick for libraries too, according to Worldcat. He seems extremely qualified, actually, with a background in sports medicine. According to Stressipedia (yup, that’s a thing!), he has done a lot of work in pain management without drugs – pretty important to NFL and NHL players who have to be careful about what shows up in drug tests. Submitter included some screen shots from inside the book (below). In 1991 the “Problems Unique to Women” section was probably more relevant than today. The section on substance abuse says that cocaine “currently produces the most headlines.” Not so much in the midst of our current opioid crisis. So, this book is very outdated.
Outdated books stress me out. I’m going to use that stress to do some weeding. See? I’m making stress on the job work for me!