Cool Computer Careers

cool careers for girls

Cool Careers for Girls
Pasternak and Thornburg

Anyone hanging out here in our little corner of the Internet, knows that I have a serious issue with outdated career materials.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.

I really want to remind everyone that technology and trends influence every aspect of a library collection. Basic tech literacy is probably a requirement for just about every job out there. The world of 1998 is not going to be helpful for any of our young people today.


back cover cool careers for girls

software engineer

women and computers




  1. This is an excellent idea in everything except publishing: lame clipart even for then, a bizzare low readability fontface I’ve never seen before, at least two proofing errors. This book deserved better.

    1. It annoys me that I can’t estimate how many decades old something from the 1900s is by counting the decade up to 2000. “The 1980s were like two decades ago!” (8 -> 9 -> 0 => two hops, two decades) “WTF 1980 was ~40 years ago!!” “Oof.”

    2. I’ll hear something was fifteen years ago and think late 90’s. Then I remember it was almost midway through the 2000’s and wonder where the time went.

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