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Ham Shack, Baby

Ham Shack coverSetting Up & Using Your Own Ham Shack
Cebik
1981

They left off “your mother’s basement” from the list of places you could set up a ham shack (first sentence, first image below).  Seriously, though, this is a reasonable subject for the community college library that owned it, but it needs to be updated.  Surely the specs have changed for power and modern ham equipment (is there modern ham equipment??).

These old books make people think the library is old fashioned, even when the subject is still relevant.  We have to keep our collections up to date!  (This is the ALB equivalent of “watch the screen,” which has come up in every library staff meeting I’ve ever attended.)

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Cool and Cordless!!!

GetTheMessagesm

Get the Message
Skurzynski
1993

Thanks to the anonymous submitter for this catchy title from her  juvenile nonfiction section.  I wonder what the message is?  How about “this library is SO irrelevant!”

Mary

Your Mama’s Cell Phone

introducing cellular communications

Introducing Cellular Communications: The New Mobile Telephone System
Stan Prentiss
1984

You knew this was coming, didn’t you?  Don’t you love the picture on the cover?

Anyone looking for a book about how to use their new iPhone or how to send text messages is going to be very, very disappointed in this.  There is no mention of voice mail either.