Thursday, August 25, 2016

Why We Weed: Outrageous Lies!

Sometimes you come across a book that just rubs you the wrong way and you know that it must go!


"Too Many Kittens"?! What a load of crap!

In all seriousness, books like the above that are fraying around the edges, smell like an actual litter box and haven't checked out since 2009 can probably go.

So say farewell to this one from Helen Hoke along with many, many, many others.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Why We Weed: Computers edition

Libraries are excellent about doing more with less. We know how to be frugal and reuse, recycle, reduce! And thank goodness for donations from the community.

However, not all donations are appropriate to add to the library's collection. Medical books from 1980 for example, should be placed directly in the recycle bin.

The same can be said for outdated technology.

When weeding a book, it's easy to determine the condition. You just flip through the pages and look for tears, missing pages, water damage, smell.

Evaluating a computer or printer is not as easy. You have to plug it in and turn it on. And use it.

Is the computer used only as a last resort? Is it slow? Does it crash often? Can you have more than 1 program running at a time? How old is it?

I am giving you permission to discard your donated Windows98 machines.


Go ahead and say thanks but no thanks for dot matrix printers.


"But," I've had Librarians say, "this can be used for a children's computer. It has games like Magic School Bus." Played on CD-ROM or (gasp) possibly even floppy discs.
My answer:  If the computer is three times as old as the little kiddo you think will play on it, you're going to be disappointed. Sure it was cool to play on the first word processor typewriters, but I'm not going to seek one out today. Kids won't want to play the pixelated, slow, and dated games that play on WindowsME or 98. There are lots of great online sites and games that will hold their attention and suit their needs better.

So, here is a list of computers to weed:
Windows XP, WindowsME, Windows98 or older
Computer  that takes 10 to boot and another 10 to load
Dot Matrix Printers
Printers that constantly Jam.

And remember, having more computers isn't always better, if no one wants to use them. It is better to have 3 or 4 Windows 7 or Windows 10 computers that 8 outdated computers that site unused.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Why We Weed: Outdated Reference

Today I officially wrapped up the nightmare weeding project that was my juvenile fiction collection.


But as I was reminded today, my overall weeding is nowhere near complete.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Why We Weed

Summer is officially over for me! And I have been remiss in my posting lately because of the chaos that summer brought along with it. That being said, my first summer wearing my new Youth Services crown was a wonderful success. And I haven't lost my touch as a teen librarian either: 82 teens signed up for my teen program! Rock on!


While half didn't complete a thing after they picked up their gameboard, that left 42 teens that did! Not too shabby for my first summer here.

But now it's time to start a new series here at Two Book Geeks entitled: "Why We Weed."


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Learning Microsoft Office

Are you struggling to learn Microsoft Office? You don't need to take an expensive course from the local college. Don't get me wrong. Those classes are helpful and useful. But not everyone has the time to do a college course.
There is online training you can do at your own speed and learn just what you need to know.
GCFLearnFree.org is a great site for this. They have tutorials for MS Office versions 2000 to 2013. Just pick your version and go!
Make sure you check out other great tutorials this site has to offer!

BookGeek2 Takes on San Diego

BookGeek2 and the San Diego skyline.
At the Maritime museum exploring ships.
Mr. BookGeek2 had a work conference in Sunny California, so I tagged along. We stayed in Little Italy and rented bicycles.
Sitting in the big chair in little Italy.
The kissing couple statue by the Midway.







Walking through the Midway museum.

 We saw the Midway and Maritime museum, took the ferry to Coronado and caught a Padres game. And, on the way back after the game...we found the San Diego library!!!
The San Diego Library with a friend.









Monday, June 27, 2016

Your History on Google

Google tracks and analyzes everything you do on it. It's nice if you like to look back and find that site that you stumbled upon but can't find now. But the more you see on your history the more apparent that online privacy is a unicorn that is impossible to catch. It's disturbing how much Google and Facebook and Yahoo! Know about you just from your searches. Think it's a coincidence that you see adds for Ann Arbor, Michigan just as you start planning a trip? It's not. Big Brother Internet is watching and selling advertising specifically toward your interests.

But there is a way to delete some of your trail with Google. 
After you are logged into your Google account, go to http://Google.com/activity. This will show your history as far back as when you created your account. 

You can see map searches, Google searches, Google drive entries, YouTube videos, and even blog entries. You can set a date range to delete from. 
Or just delete certain searches.
You can find specific searches an delete those you select.


For more about deleting your Google history, go to Lifehacker.com