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HTML for the 90s

HTML coverHTML for the World Wide Web
2nd Ed

This was submitted by a small public library in Ohio. It was a part of their circulating non-fiction collection until just recently. They had newer books on the subject, but apparently they hadn’t weeded much (or at all…) until recently. Wonder what else they’ll unearth as they dig out?

One of the pages included below teaches readers how to copy video clips from a VCR to a PowerMac. Handy!

Another page tells us how to link to external video. It does not suggest YouTube, Vimeo, or any other popular video hosting service; it tells how how to let people download your actual video file to their computer from their browser. There are still specific  situations where that is done, but most of us just click through to YouTube to watch our cat videos. (Like that! That was much easier than anything this book suggests!)

There might be a few nuggets of good info in this book, and the basic tenets of HTML haven’t changed, but this particular library had newer books on the subject. Chalk  this one up to laziness! I promise you, if all you do is weed old editions of items you have newer editions of, you will have made a difference in your collection. That’s such an easy thing to do, and doesn’t even require an MLIS. Send in a volunteer or a Page with a list and put ’em to work!


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Books About the Interwebz

Various books about the internet

Submitter: I live in [Canada] and was just recently hired at a high school in order to get their library up and running once again. The collection has not been touched for many years and most of the books were donations from when the school started in 2000. As I was weeding through the collection I came across many books on how to use the internet-most of which are from the early 90s. I laughed as I realized that Netscape does not even exist anymore and how the book on the middle-right is about a program for Windows 95. It’s okay to have some books on computers for a library but there’s no way these books would be helping anybody! These are definitely being weeded!

Holly: Unless you’re running an archive, which most high schools are not, these are useless to your library. You just cleared half a shelf of space in one fell swoop!

Not Your Mama’s Firewall

Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker
Cheswick and Bellovin

There’s an awful lot of office cleaning going on at my library. This one came from the office of the Technical Services Librarian, who inherited it from a long-retired librarian. I think the publication date pretty much sums up what is wrong with it.

I don’t personally know enough about firewalls or internet security to know exactly how awful this is, so I’ve included the table of contents.

Weed your offices, people!



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