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Knapsack Problems


Knapsack Problems: Algorithms and Computer Implementations
Martello & Toth

Submitter: I work in a college in [Canada] which has about 5000 full + part time students total. I found this gem while searching for wet books after a recent pipe leak. It’s a book on computer algorithms with a very helpful large floppy disk. I’m sure college students of today find this very useful. I guess they don’t know what they’re getting since it has never circulated since we got our new system in the early 2000s. Weed time!

Holly: I’m intrigued by the cover art. What does that have to do with algorithms and computers? The 5 1/4″ disk is pretty cool, though. And by cool, I mean awful.


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Calculate This

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Problem Solving with Calculators


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Little Corpuscle

Little Corpuscle: A Story About Blood

Submitter: We are a technical college library and are weeding our Early Childhood Education collection comprised mainly of picture books.  I came upon this title in my report and wasn’t sure I was reading it correctly.  I went to the bib record, and, yes, that was the title.  The subject listed in the bib was “Blood – juvenile literature.”  Curiosity got the best of me and I pulled the book.  I just about died when I saw the cover.  It looks like we acquired the title in 1975 and it has apparently only circulated three times – 1984, 1988, and 2010.  I had to share this little gem.

Holly: So glad you did! It’s so vintage-chic I can’t even stand it! The crayon drawings, the happy faces painted on the corpuscles, the little shorts and hats they are wearing…it’s all very 1960s. It’s mostly useless in a technical college library without an Early Childhood Education program, so good call on weeding it there, Submitter.

Just for kicks, enjoy “Do The Circulation” from Schoolhouse Rock!

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Blinding Me With Science

Animal Cruelty at the Science Fair?

Fly Me to the Moon

Whitey and Whiskers

Drowning Bugs

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DOS for Everyone

The User-Friendly Reference

Naturally, this book showed up in our donation pile and of course we are not going to add this to our tech manual collection. Besides, as one of the dinosaur librarians on staff, I learned DOS back in the day so I can probably handle any DOS questions that might come our way.  (I am also the librarian that has been subjected to the phrase: “Mary might know about typewriters, she is old enough.”) Now, get off my lawn.


More computer info from olden times:

Amp your MySpace!

Public Access Microcomputers

Computers from Olden Times


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