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Before Disaster Strikes

Before Disaster Strikes coverBefore Disaster Strikes: Developing an Emergency Procedures Manual
Gaebel
1996

Submitter: Now, in our academic library, we have equipment in-house to use all of the media types that are still in the collection. (Yes, we even have a laser disc player), but I have yet to find the computer that still has a floppy drive. I’ll be sure to ask someone!

The actual information in the manual is likely still quite useful, but the contents list makes me cringe. There’s some media migration that needs to happen here…

Holly: Do you mean floppy disc like those giant original ones, or the 3″ ones from a few years ago? My library actually still has a USB floppy disk reader for use on our public computers, although it is rarely used. Even so, there are current materials on this subject that supersede this.  We’ve also learned a lot in this country from various disasters we have endured, and those lessons are not included here. Weed and replace!

 

Y2K

Time Bomb 2000Time Bomb 2000: What the Year 2000 Computer Crisis Means to You!
Yourdon
1998

Thank you, submitter, for another look at Y2K.  We had another Y2K submission a while back.  Read all about it here!

This was favorably reviewed by Library Journal, and was probably a useful book in 1998 and 1999.  Is it still on library shelves for historical purposes?  I found lots of articles in my library’s databases about Y2K, so my patrons are not at a loss for information about how it all went down, should they be interested.  If you have space, there’s nothing wrong with keeping one or two of these, I guess, but if you don’t have space it’s an easy choice for weeding.  Let the internet and online databases offer this kind of information.

I do love the seriousness of the title: “Time Bomb!”  At the time, that’s what it seemed like: a ticking time bomb.  If it wasn’t figured out in time, the whole infrastructure of the world would have exploded.  Or so they say. I happen to know that Mary filled her bathtub with water on New Year’s Eve 1999, “just in case.”

Holly