The Incredible Internet Guide to Star Wars
Submitter: Found in 791s when pulling material for a display. I guess people were excited enough about the Phantom Menace in 1999 that a book collecting all the Star Wars fan sites was more useful than a Web Ring (remember those?) or, ya know, a Google search? Incredibly, it had circed in the last 2 years. The book is full of Geocities and Tripod sites,which led me to discover that Tripod is still around in 2018, and the (not about Star Wars) page I put up on Tripod in 1998 and then stopped updating is still live!
Holly: People do love all things Star Wars! Seriously, though…Geocities and Tripod? Lame. That’s pretty funny that Submitter’s site is still live twenty years later, though.
Submitter: I had completely forgotten about the blog hysteria of a decade ago, and this was confused when I came across this title in the “Current Controversies” series for high school students (so not really suitable for our college library, but that’s another issue). I could not fathom how kitten pics and *cough* library books could constitute a “controversy.” Apparently back them we thought blogs would upset the balance of civil life and undermine the social order. Little did we know that would actually be Twitter. I’m going to use this example to show my staff that bad books aren’t always super old. This is a ten year old title and it’s already eight years too old.
Holly: Goodness knows that Mary and I are accused of ruining civilization on a semi-daily basis with our little dog and pony show here. We started ALB in 2009, and the accusations are going strong in 2018! Out of curiosity, I took a look at the Opposing Viewpoints database to see if blogs or blogging is included as a category. It isn’t…but “fake news in social media” is there. That makes sense – Submitter nailed it with Twitter as their example. So, we’ll carry on with business as usual here at ALB, ruining civilization one weeded book at a time.
Electronic Resumes that Get Jobs
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.