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Spring Cleaning

As happens occasionally I had a stack of books on my desk that needed to be put away, and as I went to do that ran into a small challenge – no more space on the shelves. I need to get another bookcase, but as I looked at what I had realized it was probably time for a pruning session. I went through and pulled out some books that I had but didn’t really like, plus some on SQL 2000 that I don’t much use for anymore, and then went through a bunch of back issues of magazines, setting aside some of the SQL Server Standards and putting most of the rest in the ‘gotta go’ stack.

I could perhaps sell some of this stuff online, but I doubt I’d make enough to justify the time. Or I could recycle them, at least give the paper another go around. But before I do that I’m going to offer them to the attendees at the next oPASS meeting. Plenty of people still on SQL 2000, magazines still have good content, hoping that someone – maybe everyone – will find some value in things that I don’t use on a day to day basis anymore.

It would be great if user groups could support a true ‘library’, but I don’t know if the logistics would work out very well – anyone tried this in formal fashion?


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by John Magnabosco on 24 June 2009

Having such a library has been on my wishlist for my group for sometime. The logistics of this concept has been the hang up. I am leaning toward a virtual library where our website provides the connection between the book giver and the book reader through a Twitter style interface. The book swap would then occur at the meetings.

Posted by BuckWoody on 24 June 2009

Mine have all gone to the public library downt he street, and I've swtiched to digital books. Easier, cheaper, and way less space to store them. I also use Safari for books all the time since tech changes so fast.

Posted by Andy Warren on 26 June 2009

I'll try to make time to try Safari again, I've just never enjoyed the online book experience. Even the Kindle doesn't seem quite there for me. Not knocking your choice, it's entirely logical!

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