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This category is all that career information, training, job hunting advice and all those posts that are about the working life. This also has business and legal advice.

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Secrets of the Club Ladies

The Clubwoman’s Manual
Monro and Monro
1957

Ladies of the club, please come to order. This really is a book from another time.  These clubs have a long tradition of promoting education and charity.  More than one public library out there owes their existance to a ladies clubs. ( The General Federation of Women’s Clubs has an interesting timeline of the history of these clubs. )

This is basically a how-to manual. The part I found amusing is the amount of ceremony involved. This is serious business. My mom has been a part of clubbing for many years, but I honestly thought they just had cocktails and discussed some book or other interesting topic. Any modern club ladies out there want to comment?

I can’t imagine anyone in a modern women’s club finding this info particularly helpful. My personal experience with this topic has usually just involved Robert’s Rules of Order.  I think we can safely weed this in 2014 for some more modern publications. I would imagine the General Federation has materials to help as well.

In the words of Groucho Marx: “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.”

Mary

More Meetings and Clubs:

Ladies, Come to Order!

Go Team! 

Motion to make bar service mandatory

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Keeping Hubby Happy

How to go to work when your husband is against it,
Your children aren’t old enough,
And there’s nothing you can do anyhow
Schwartz, Schifter, and Gillotti
1972

Holly and I went on a field trip a while ago. We visited a couple of small/medium libraries in southeastern Michigan/northern Ohio. We go and look for cool ideas and some possible candidates for ALB. (We also shelf read and front the books because we just can’t let it go.)  Well, I found this book and started swearing. Yes, this book is currently in active circulation at a small public library. In 2014. Kill me now.

Even for 1972, there really is no concrete advice. One resume example and a discussion of a functional vs. chronological resume. Note the helpful “Personal” section on the resume that indicates she is a married mother. There is no helpful discussion of childcare other than a suggestion to call grandma or hire someone. I guess fathers cannot participate in any of these responsibilities.

I get that this is a product of the times, and I bet it was a provocative choice for some libraries. My worst fear is that someone will pick this up while browsing and not realize how dated it is. I just cringe. This is worse than having nothing.

Mary

I also included the job description for librarian in the last 2 shots. Note the salary.

More dated career advice:

Another Career Book Trying to Kill Me

‘You’re Going to Make it After All”

Resume Kit

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Selling by Phone

Selling By Phone: How to Reach and Sell Customers in the Nineties
Richardson
1992

This was found in a medium-sized public library in the Detroit area. Its title immediately ages it. Yes, the telephone is still an important tool in business, and some of the techniques outlined here are still useful, but the book as a whole is very dated. If they want to teach people how to be really effective with their phone, they need to talk about productivity apps, conference calls, and texting. This is not your mama’s corded, pulse-dialing phone world of 1992. A better book over all would talk about general communication techniques for selling, including social media, video, chat, email, and product webinars.

I’m never a fan of worksheet-style books for libraries, although this one miraculously made it 22 years without being written in. The worksheets included below are ok for thinking about how to make effective phone calls, but if someone relies on them to the point of writing out a script for every call they’re going to make, I can’t see that they’re saving any time. Just send an email if you’re writing that much!

I *hope* this book advises phone sellers not to EVER ask about the weather. So help me Melville Dewey if another vendor calls my library in Michigan in February from Miami or Phoenix or Los Angeles and says, “How’s the weather up there? Heh heh heh.”

-Holly

More Bad Business:

Not Your Mama’s Business Start Up

How to Work for a Japanese Boss

Bottom-Up Marketing

Mistakes = Success!

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