Hoarding is not collection development

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Phone a Friend

You and Your Telephone
Rogers
1980

Submitter: My wife and I discovered this lovely little gem at our local public library. I’m so glad I can finally read about the merits of renting vs. purchasing my own phone!

Holly: My favorite is the three-step illustration on how to plug in the phone line to the back of the phone. It’s not that hard, people. You know what else isn’t that hard? Making the decision to weed this book.

More Phun with Phones:

Call Me Maybe

Phun with Phones

Your Mama’s Cell Phone

Call Me

Telephone Time

 

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Type Up Your Personal Problems

College Typewriting with Personal Problems
Lessenberry
1941

Submitter: I have a book we just recently weeded at [a university library] that I think you’ll like. The “with personal problems” is what first cracked me up. I couldn’t help thinking, “No thanks, I have enough already.” Aside from the humorous nature of the title, I’m not sure why we were still holding onto a book on typewriting, let along one that is over seven decades old. We’re an academic library, but I can assure you the school’s mission does not include the collecting of vintage textbooks.

Holly: Oh, brother. (Ha! See what I did there? Actually, this book was published back when Brother made sewing machines, not typewriters.) Books about typing are great for libraries of various types, but for the love of Smith Corona, please update them!

Type ‘Em If You’ve Got ‘Em:

How Quaint!

Type This Up!

Typewriter Town

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High Tech Heretic

High Tech Heretic
Stoll
1999

Submitter: We found this book in our high school library collection this week. The irony is that we have just started the year in a brand new, high tech building and with an eighth – twelth grade 1:1 laptop initiative. Loads of wonderful teaching and learning happens in our school both with and without computers. This book focuses on throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It is filled with anecdotes of horrible teaching.

“To turn learning into fun is the denigrate the two most important things we can do as humans: to teach, To learn.”

Funny that this author also wrote a book in which he predicted the failure of eCommerce.

Wrong twice.

Holly: I’d LOVE to hear this author’s take on Common Core!

 

More High Tech Fun:

HTML for the 90s

Old School Computer Crime

Technology FAIL!

Books about the Interwebz

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