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Free Stuff for Quilters

Free Stuff for Quilters on the Internet
Heim and Hansen
1998

Submitter: I found this book this morning while weeding our craft section. To be fair, in 1998 it was probably a boon to quilters looking to get free patterns and connect with other quilters across the country. But, it’s an  awful library book now because 1998 was the Stone Age equivalent of the Internet compared to today. Helpful tips in the book how to use one of the starter discs from AOL to get started with internet service, and how to set up Explorer on your computer. Unfortunately, I am old enough to remember all of this, so I got flash backs of trying to dial into the internet and the horrible screeching sounds accompanying the attempt. I didn’t try the links, but I’m guessing many or most of them do not work. About the only information relevant to today are the Internet safety tips, which still ring true today. I see that there was a 2nd edition published in 1999, but I doubt the information on the Internet had significantly improved in a year’s time. I honestly don’t have an explanation as to why this was on the shelf. I have weeded in that area before, but never ran across it before. It’s leaving our shelves today.

Holly: Isn’t it weird how things just pop up out of nowhere sometimes? It’s probably been checked out to someone for like ten years and they finally decided to return it. Gee, thanks, patron.

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The Internet might turn out to be something big!

Strategic Internet Marketing
Vassos
1996

This was still in circulation at a public library as of this writing. Yikes! You will notice that most of the examples are no longer relevant. (Oh Hello AltaVista! It’s been a while since you and I chatted. A librarian never forgets her first search engine.)

This book would have been a decent purchase back in 1996. It is a real deep dive, with emphasis on the research. This book was written for the business folks rather than the tech people. I also think this was written to help make the business case for the brick and mortar crowd that just didn’t get the technology.

Why it is still in a public library collection gathering dust is a mystery…

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DIY Phone Help

Telephone Repair Illustrated
Bigelow
1993

Prior to the Internet, libraries were the first places someone could go to get some DIY information. It used to be a library card and a few repair manuals meant everyone could do basic repairs. More complex repairs went to your local electronic repair shop. I remember in the early 1980s taking an old tv to our local shop to put in a few new tubes.

You will love some of the pictures of “modern” phones, especially when it has an answering machine built in. (1980s me would have though that was the bomb!) Clearly, repairing a phone from the 1980s or 1990s isn’t a priority anymore, but some libraries would do well to hang on to some of those repair manuals.

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How about a career in video games?

Video Games
How It’s Made
Erlbach
1996

I am sure this book from 1996 is super informative to those kids dreaming of a career in gaming. There really aren’t very many specifics and I am sure the industry itself is nothing like it was in 1996. I would also imagine the jargon has also changed over the years. Bottom line, this needs to be weeded.

I think my husband has some instructions on Pong somewhere in our house, in case this holding library is looking to start a retro gaming collection.

Midwest Veterinary Conference tape

Conference on Cassette

Midwest Veterinary Conference: How to Legally Hire, Fire, and Avoid Sexual Harassment Liability, Part I
Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. Meeting (115th : 1999 : Columbus, Ohio)
1999

Submitter: We are weeding our collection at Ohio State University’s Veterinary Library and I came across a set of audio cassette tapes from the Midwest Veterinary Conference. Most of the topics aren’t as outdated as you’d expect for cassette tapes, but with this one I’m really hoping the goal has shifted from “avoiding liability” for sexual harassment, to actually avoiding sexual harassment! These are in a blank white case, so it seems we don’t have the original cover for the set, but here’s a photo of the tape.

Holly: I don’t remember how popular cassette tapes were (or weren’t) by 1999, but it’s an interesting format for conference session recordings. Within about five years it could have been digitized or moved along, though, probably. Is each tape a different session?

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WordPerfect 5.0 for the Savvy Librarian

Librarian’s Guide to WordPerfect
LaPier
1989

I know many of you are looking for some opportunities for continuing education. May I suggest the world of word processing? This timely topic is ripe for a librarian wanting to get ahead of all the new technology.

Over and over, Holly and I have seen some pathetic professional collections out there. They are often ignored and unused. This year, I decided to just integrate them into our regular circulating collection. This opens them up to more use and hopefully our staff will be able to see it regularly. Also, since it is on the regular shelf in the 000s, I know I will be better able to keep an eye on this collection.

myspace safety

Are you a friend of Tom?

MySpace Safety
51 Tips For Teens and Parents
Farnham and Farnham
2006

It’s been a while since I came across a MySpace book in the wild. I have a feeling I am probably the first one to check this book out in over a decade. Aside from the less than inspiring cover, this book probably did an adequate job explaining the basic security and privacy concerns. Why it is still hanging out in a public library collection is beyond me. This is one of those obvious weeds. Even if your particular service population is all about MySpace, I doubt this book from 2006 is any help.

I did take a peek at MySpace and it doesn’t even resemble the MySpace of 2006. The content now focuses on the entertainment industry. I tried searching for my old account, but I think it is gone to time. Also, I can’t remember what I did with mine. I only made an account to show people how to set up an account. Oh well. I guess I can’t call my friend Tom anymore.