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. Continue reading
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 I saved a few of the most outdated and/or offensive titles under my desk.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 A technology book. 50 YEARS OUT OF DATE.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.
Computers and the Beast
Webber and Hutchings
I had no idea that I should be worried about the massive communication and knowledge produced by modern technology. Biblical prophesy is here to warn us that the computer, and all the knowledge it can bring, is a potential minefield of evil. (I know this because there is a big snake hanging out on the computer on the cover.) Robots, computer networks, credit cards, and electronic fund transfers all have potential for evil. The anti-Christ will obviously exploit this technology during the end times.
Watch your back everyone!