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Prospecting for Atomic Minerals
Knoerr and Lutjen
1955

Those of you looking to change your career, here is an option to consider. Why not collect all those fancy minerals they use in an atomic bomb? It’s perfectly safe and easy for anyone to just pick up a shovel and start digging. You will be rich before you know it! What could possibly go wrong?

Worldcat shows only a handful of public libraries. Most holding are in university collections, especially those with technical programs related to engineering and mining. My copy looked like it had been doing field work given the condition of the cover and all the markings inside.

A few years ago we posted a similar book that had a more “get rich quick” tone compared to this book. I guess dropping the bomb is also a business opportunity in the making. I think these odd books have value just in the weirdness, and would probably be a fun display. Amateur mining sounds a bit outside the scope of my service population, however.

Mary

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The latest in job searching: Email!

electronic resumes in 1995

Electronic Resumes that Get Jobs
Potter
1996

Are you looking for a job? Here is your handy guide to the world of computer based job hunting. Lots of discussion of that new thing called “electronic email.” (It is in quotes all through this book.) If I were a selector in 1996, I would be getting several copies of this. For the time, it is pretty good advice and appropriate. However, it should have been weeded by 1999. Heck, Potter wrote a later edition in 2002. Virtually none of the advice, especially the technical aspects, would be appropriate today. Why is it still in a PUBLIC library in 2017? Sadly, there are quite a few public libraries still holding on to this edition. Maybe it is for a time capsule…

The particular edition I was looking at had an 808 call number, which didn’t make sense to me, and could explain why the particular holding library would have missed it when reviewing materials. I wouldn’t be as concerned about issues of currency when looking at the 800s. Here is where I will once again suggest that people incorporate inventory procedures and physical inspection of items regularly.

Mary

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Don’t Sit on the Baby!

Baby-Sitting coverThe Franklin-Watts Concise Guide to Baby-Sitting
Saunders
1972

Submitter: [Here is] a babysitting book from the 70’s. Apparently the going rate then was $0.75/hour, and there are references to sleep-in servants and tie dye jeans, as well as specific reassurance that it is acceptable for female sitters to wear pants.

Holly: My favorite line: “This doesn’t mean you have to dress like a square; it just means that you don’t wear your wildest tie-dyed jeans or your tightest hot pants” (p.42, image below). Then what the heck will I wear?

Boy, that cover is showing every inch of its 45 years, isn’t it? The cover art, the crinkles, and the tape do not help. I do like Tomie De Paola’s illustrations, but they don’t save this book from the weed pile.

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