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Real Managers Don’t Use Computers

Purchasing for Food Service Managers
(2nd ed.)
Warfel and Cremer
1990

Submitter: I work at a Midwestern academic library. We are in the process of doing the first systematic, top-to-bottom weed at 25 years — probably more. Weeding is so overdue that our first threshold was to consider items which had not circulated in 15 years, and even that covered about half the collection. Following that, the librarian assigned to the section is browsing the stacks for worn, dated, ugly, etc., as candidates for replacement or further culling. Needless to say, we are finding some real gems.

This one surprised me because it had actually circulated in 2011, despite its 1990 copyright, so I figured it warranted a closer look.  The book literally fell open to page 199, where it boldly declared “Real Managers Don’t Use Computer Terminals.”

‘Nuff said.  It’s gone.

Holly: It’s a pretty obvious weeder, for sure. Food service management relies on computers for efficiency. Point of sale systems are pretty complex these days. That whole “Real Managers Don’t Use Computer Terminals” article is ridiculous by today’s standards. It also says that real women don’t pump gas.

The real question, though, is why did they put the barcode right over the title? There’s all kinds of gray space to the right! Pet peeve.

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Resumes Gone Wrong

Resume Writing: A Comprehensive How-To-Do-It Guide
4th Edition
Bostwick
1990

Submitter: Resume Writing is an informational book geared at assisting job seekers with creating winning resumes to help them get the job. [We] thought this might make a good addition for Awful Library Books because of the suggestion to include personal data such as date of birth, marital status, sex (if name is ambiguous), state of health, citizenship, number of children, home ownership, height, weight, etc…  These would be an HR nightmare today! There is also an interesting paragraph on how women used to occupy positions where a resume was not a requirement such as nursing and secretarial work.

Holly: True story: I once had to tactfully find a way to tell a nice man (30ish, in the early 2000s) that the phrase “Don’t drink and don’t run around with women” wasn’t strictly necessary for his resume. He got a job delivering pizzas and brought the library a pizza. #Win

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A Nerdy Career Choice

Find a Career in Engineering
Stambler
1962

Long time site followers have probably heard over the years that both Holly and I are married to engineers. If you want to watch an engineer twitch, tell him/her about your average reference desk shift. Holly and I have a running gag about how long our super-smart, logical engineers would last on a reference desk. Answer: Not long.The frustration level would kill them.

I am also going guess that this book was hardly instrumental in inspiring either of them toward their chosen career. (For my husband and his contemporaries, I would bet it was Scotty from Star Trek.)

I will give this book some props for mentioning that women should be part of the engineering landscape as well. People of color are no where to be found.

Career books are also my hot button weeding problem. It’s a nice glimpse into the past, but shouldn’t be considered for young people looking for career advice.

Mary

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