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Cell Phone Handbook

Cell Phone Handbook - coverCell Phone Handbook
2nd Edition
Stetz
2002

What a great purchase for 2002! Not so great for 2012. I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that perhaps the cell phone has undergone some changes in the last decade.  I would also like to know why this particular library felt it necessary to keep it on 14 day loan. Probably because the hold list is so LONG! (Insert sarcastic eye roll here.) I would also love to bust on tech services for processing the book this way, too. Actually, this is a perfect example of why we need to weed. The book, aside from the crappy processing, is in good shape and doesn’t look that old. The title is also a slam dunk. Of course people would pick this up! The idea that someone could explain cell phones to my seniors would be outstanding. I bet the circ numbers are good on this title. However, there are probably more things wrong in this book than right. This is my best example of when circ numbers and condition might not flag this for a weed. Gotta look closer, my friends.

Mary

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Body Watchin’

Body Watchin' is Fun coverBody Watchin’ is Fun!
Shirley (Chief Watcher)
1973

I really wanted to get my hands on this book to see what’s on the inside.  It was not available through inter-library loan (although there ARE owning libraries out there…). I had to settle for a Google search to see what other people had to say about it.   One site called it “classic literature.”  I was born a year after it was published, and have never heard of it.  Is it considered a classic?

All I know is, it’s pretty creepy to declare yourself the “Chief Watcher.”  That might fly in the early 1970s, but these days you’d end up on a watch list of some sort if you went around calling yourself the Chief Watcher.

Either way, is there any need for libraries to keep this in their collections?  Is it classic enough that people are asking for it by name or using in their research?  I’m skeptical.  Please, enlighten me if you know about this title or your library still has a copy.

Holly

Phun with Phones!

What Makes a Telephone Work?What Makes a Telephone Work
Darwin
1970

That phone on the cover is the latest and greatest technology, according to the book. THERE ARE NO DIALS! Gasp! Touch Tone is the wave of the future! I am old enough to remember rotary phones, party lines, and only one area code for South Eastern Michigan. Also, in my former life I was a company phone operator and used an old fashioned cord board. I also think this looks old for 1970.  Again, I am sounding like a broken record here, but seriously, why on earth is this still in a youth nonfiction collection?  Please weed!

Fast forward from 1970 to 1993 and remember this title (Cool and Cordless)?  Already we should be thinking when books about smart phones should be weed-worthy.

Mary

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