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Electronic Resumes that Get Jobs
Potter
1996

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.

Mary

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Complete Idiot’s Guide to Online Genealogy

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Online Genealogy
McClure
2000

Submitter: We’re in the midst of a big shifting project, and as I was making my way through the 920s, I came across this gem – Complete Idiot’s Guide to Online Genealogy – year 2000! At some point fairly recently it had been REBOUND, so I don’t have a nice cover to show you. As the librarian in charge of the computer books in the 004s, I was appalled and immediately withdrew it, but we still have a copy in our Genealogy Reference section. Sure, there are some still relevant tips for online genealogy sources, but the information is so out-of-date, this can’t be very useful. Check out the pages that talk about how dial-up works and the handy search engines Alta Vista and Hotbot. Since our Genealogy section will also have to be downsized, I’m hoping to talk them into getting rid of their copy, too.

Holly: Hotbot! I remember that one. Just because a book has *some* useful information in it does not make it a keeper. You have to consider the book as a whole, and this one is too old to be useful. Some patrons would follow a book like this step-by-step, and then call the reference desk, frustrated, saying “the book said to go to Hotbot, but my computer doesn’t have The Hotbot! Should I install it? Can I get it on The Facebook?” I like the Complete Idiot’s Guides, but they’re not helpful to newbies on any subject if they’re this outdated.

 

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Dark Ages Social Media

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Connecting Online: Creating a Successful Image on the Internet
Sherwin and Avila
1997

Submitter: This is the 1997 edition and it is in a college library in [Canada].

Holly: For the love of All Things Holy, people, I am begging you to weed your computer books. Clearly, a successful online image in 2017 has literally nothing to do with anything pictured on the cover of this book. That telephone has a rotary dial!

 

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