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Fixing the Boob Tube

TV Repair for Beginners
Zwick
1991, 4th ed.

Submitter: This book was found languishing at my local library. I thought this book was unlikely ever to be checked out again and should be weeded. That a newer edition would be better than this, the 4th ed. My colleague thought there was still some life left in this book. That there would still be some people out there with a TV like these. Although she did agree that she has not seen one in a while. I doubt that there are enough of those old TV sets , and even less likely amount of owners who would want to repair them on their own to keep this book. So I pose the question to your readers. Weed or keep?

Holly: I have a TV like this in my bedroom. I will happily get rid of it when it dies, but the damn thing won’t die! I’m definitely not repairing it when that happens, though. Weed.

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Netting Your Ancestors

Netting Your Ancestors: Genealogical Research on the Internet
Howells
1997

Submitter: It is disconcerting to find a book on Internet research published in 1997 in the library. I was very curious about what was on the Internet in 1997! Mostly, it’s about using email. Attached are pictures of some inner pages. A link to an AOL page is listed as the only available genealogy listserv. This book should have been discarded long ago.

Holly: This was one of the genealogy books by one of the genealogy authors in 1997. Cyndi Howells, the author, would probably agree that the information in this edition is very outdated. Genealogists depend on Internet sources more and more. The amount of useful genealogy information online has probably quadrupled or more since 1997! It’s a whole new world, people. Now, let me tell you about my mom’s cousin’s ex-husband’s grandma…

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Cutting Edge Research @ Your Library

MySpace

Find It Fast

Gay and Lesbian Online

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Cutting Edge Internet Advice

Internet Safety
Sherman
2003

Submitter: To be fair, a lot of the information in this book is still useful and relevant, but it is just crying out for an updated version! I pulled this book when I saw it ON DISPLAY. Yikes! That’s just embarrassing. The cover photo has a computer that looks like ancient history to today’s kids! Those screenshots of the browsers, though. And I went and googled “AOL Anywhere” and discovered it was cutting-edge technology in 2001 that allowed users to access their e-mail on their cell phone. You know, so you wouldn’t have to buy a second phone line in order to keep your Internet use from tying up your phone line. The sidebar about “energy creatures” with the picture of the crying baby is a real gem. Apparently the Internet community hadn’t come up with the terminology “troll” in 2003? And perhaps the scariest part of all? It circulated twice last year. I’m feeling a little bit scared to go look at the rest of the early 000’s. I imagine this one isn’t even the worst. This came from a public library in a medium-sized town in the Midwest.

Holly: ON DISPLAY?? No. No, no, no. No.

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