when you preside book

Let’s Meet!

When You Preside
Sutherland
1969

Another book about holding a meeting. This one is directed at the leaders of meetings and talks about organization and how to formalize the process. Fine. Although the old standby of Robert’s Rules of Order will work too.

This book adds a nice section on the type of personalities that inhabit meetings. It’s supposed to be clever, but the cartoon illustrations are not that great. Having attended meetings my entire adult life, I don’t think any book will fix meetings. I know that library meetings are a special kind of hell and seem to be a significant time suck.

resumes for women cover

Resumes for the Ladies

Resumes for Women
Job-winning resume guidance for every situation
Shaw
1995

Career advice is one of my hot button topics when it comes to collection development. This isn’t the worst resume book we have seen, but it is pretty awful to still have it on the shelves. 

Even for 1995, the advice is weak. The idea of customizing your resume to address the special situations, such as job transfers or re entry after staying at home with kids, is limited to re-arranging your educational credentials with your experience.

This book was still in circulation and looked pretty crunchy with browning pages. This book really needs to go now. I shudder thinking that someone would try and find a job in 2020 with this antique. This should be an easy weed.

Mary

career in hospital

Work in a Hospital!

Career Prep: Working in a Hospital
Miner
1983

Career books are one of those hot button collections that continually give me a twitch when they aren’t current. This one is really out of date with respect to job descriptions and duties. Aimed at middle/high school age, this book covers the myriad of jobs, beyond that of just a doctor or a nurse. The intent of this book isn’t too bad. I like the attempt to show what the day looks like, training needed, and what a particular job is all about. I doubt any of the job titles and descriptions even exist anymore.

what it's like to be a nurse

Retro Nursing

What It’s Like to Be a Nurse
Shay
1972

This book looks familiar. I think we featured it, but I can’t find it in our archives. It is a career book that is way past its prime. The narrative follows three nursing students through their program to graduation.

As a youth career book, this isn’t going to help anyone learn about modern nursing. Uniforms and caps turned into scrubs. I didn’t see a single pair of gloves on any of the staff. Technology and other changes make this book interesting, but obsolete. Keep it in archive, not in a current collection.

cool careers for girls

Cool Computer Careers

Cool Careers for Girls
Computers
Pasternak and Thornburg
1998

Anyone hanging out here in our little corner of the Internet, knows that I have a serious issue with outdated career materials. I am all about giving girls some inspiration to consider STEM careers. I doubt that this book will inspire anyone. I like what this book is attempting: delivering some solid advice on the jobs available, necessary training, career paths, etc. That was then and this is now. As a person who has been hanging out in libraries since before this book was published, technology has changed and so have the careers.

Careers in Management for the new woman

Be the Boss

Careers in Management for the New Woman
Stashower
1978

This book looked familiar and I think I posted it in the early days of ALB. However, that particular post seems to be lost over time in our many migrations. But worry not! It is still in circulation. Really. I was going through the catalog and I couldn’t believe this book was in a circulating career collection.

It is pretty optimistic, but you can tell the problem of sexual harassment is glossed over and it is the woman’s responsibility to control by not giving off the wrong signals. Is it helpful for today’s women? Not at all. Time to weed.