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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.

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Earthworms for Profit

earthworms for profit coverRaising Earthworms for Profit
Shields
1959, 8th ed, 1970

Submitter: Actually, it’s got some good info in it for someone starting a vermicomposting farm, but between the worn cover and the outdated illustrations, we’re casting it aside. My favorite headline from the book: “Everyone Is Fascinated By The Earthworm Story.” (I’ll just bet they are.)

Holly:Casting” it aside! Good one!

 

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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 coverResume 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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