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The Amazing Microchip

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Microchip
Small Wonder
Billings
1984

Direct from 1984, here is the latest and greatest technology on microchips. I have a feeling this technology is going places! My favorite is the picture with the bug holding the microchip. I think our next move is to train ants to fix microchips and then we will eventually become slaves to the ant overlords. I think this is how Skynet started.

Mary

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Real Managers Don’t Use Computers

Purchasing for Food Service Managers
(2nd ed.)
Warfel and Cremer
1990

Submitter: I work at a Midwestern academic library. We are in the process of doing the first systematic, top-to-bottom weed at 25 years — probably more. Weeding is so overdue that our first threshold was to consider items which had not circulated in 15 years, and even that covered about half the collection. Following that, the librarian assigned to the section is browsing the stacks for worn, dated, ugly, etc., as candidates for replacement or further culling. Needless to say, we are finding some real gems.

This one surprised me because it had actually circulated in 2011, despite its 1990 copyright, so I figured it warranted a closer look.  The book literally fell open to page 199, where it boldly declared “Real Managers Don’t Use Computer Terminals.”

‘Nuff said.  It’s gone.

Holly: It’s a pretty obvious weeder, for sure. Food service management relies on computers for efficiency. Point of sale systems are pretty complex these days. That whole “Real Managers Don’t Use Computer Terminals” article is ridiculous by today’s standards. It also says that real women don’t pump gas.

The real question, though, is why did they put the barcode right over the title? There’s all kinds of gray space to the right! Pet peeve.

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Boy Scouts Get a Computer Badge!

Boy Scouts coverComputers
Boy Scouts of America
1968

Submitter: I removed this book from the shelves of my public library when I did a massive overhaul of the collection last year, soon after I was hired.  I saved a few of the most outdated and/or offensive titles under my desk.  This is one of them.  At the time of weeding, this book was nearly 50 years old. A technology book. 50 YEARS OUT OF DATE.  A TECHNOLOGY BOOK.

Holly: Do librarians hold on to things like this because they think, “Oh, it’s cute! People like nostalgia!” or because they think it has some sort of historical value – or are they just lazy and haven’t weeded in decades? It is cute and people do like nostalgia, and it does have historic value (and yes, they are often just lazy)…but those are the reasons why it belongs in a museum or archive, not in the regular shelves at the public library. My favorite line (last page included below) is about how if your “dad” uses his credit card to buy gasoline, a computer makes that payment happen. How does it work when mom pays at the pump? Apparently in 1968, she didn’t.

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