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On Your Own

On Your Own: A Guide to Working Happily, Productively & Successfully From Home

This book is mostly about having the discipline to get work done when you are alone in the comfort of your own home. It also discusses separating work life from home life, which is very helpful information. Over all, the book is not too bad content-wise.

However, one look at the cover and you know it’s 20 years old. Look at the computer the man is sitting next to! There is virtually no discussion of technology needs for the 2014 home office – though there is a quick mention of fax machines. The author also mentions how the invention of computers was supposed to make everything paperless, but has led to more paper than ever. I’m not sure that’s true these days. Apps like Evernote and services like Google Drive and Dropbox are making it much easier to go paperless and still have access to your files from various places. (Ok, I occasionally counsel people about printing their entire email in-box, but that is getting rarer and rarer.)

I’ve included the pages on staying organized and time management. Again, much of the advice isn’t bad. It just needs to be updated to include modern time management and organizational tools.

-From the ALB home office of Holly, complete with Windows 8, Diet Coke, and even a fax machine!


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A Modern Office To Go

Not Your Mama’s Business Startup

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Robot Overlords


Submitter: Just weeded this from my elementary school library (where I’ve worked halftime for three years).  Just a little horrified I’ve only now come across it.

Holly: Please tell me it’s not because it was checked out! Funny how things get missed, though. You find them years later and think “WTH?” There are some great pictures of old robots below, but if you want to see some real robot action, check this out! (FIRST Robotics is awesome. Seriously.)


Robot Redux:

Fear the Robot Invasion

Danger Will Robinson


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Find It Fast

Find it Fast: How to Uncover Expert Information on Any Subject

Submitter: Not only has this book not circulated this year, it was only ever checked out once. That and the dated material make this an easy weed.

Holly: Agree! Middle schoolers need to learn good search skills, and this doesn’t cut it. It was a great choice in 1994, but could have been weeded by about 1998. A lot happened in information sources and access in the late 90s!  Does this book include traditional sources like encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, and the like? I’d actually like to see a new book that includes both print and electronic resources, written for a middle school audience.

More Fast Searches:

More Interwebz Education

It’s a Wang!

Gay & Lesbian Online

505 Unbelievably Stupid Web Pages

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