Start with Zero

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Start with Zero

A handful of compelling nonfiction from the 000–099s

Books about computers and related digital topics are a popular subject in the zero (0) call number area in the non-fiction section. However there are other subjects covered within this area of the Dewey Decimal System. Below are a selection of titles representing topics found in the zero call number range. Copies are available to check out and download from the library system.

The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
Meet the men and women who contributed to computer history and the digital revolution. The author begins with the early programming work done by Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage in the 1840s. Find out why some ideas were successful while others failed. The author explores the personalities of Alan Turing, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and other major individuals in the field. Black and white photos accompany the text.

The Book of Books by Jessica Allen
Last year, Americans were invited to vote for their favorite novel as part of "The Great American Read" show on PBS. This official companion book presents the 100 best-loved American novels. Learn the stories behind each novel and how the authors were influenced in writing them. Full color photos, archival images and illustrations accompany the text. As for the winning title: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
During the 1980s, Abdel Kader Haidara traveled throughout the Sahara and along the Niger River. The young collector at a government library sought ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts so these precious documents could be preserved in a library. Then Al Qaeda appeared at the door. What happens next is a daring and dangerous operation by Haidara and his colleagues to sneak all 350,000 volumes of Timbuktu to safety in southern Mali. A full color map of Mali is provided in the front pages of the book.

Robert's Rules in Plain English, 2nd edition by Doris Zimmerman
If you've served as a committee chair or member, you may have heard of or used Robert's Rules of Order as the authoritative source for running meetings. In this handy book, you'll gain a better understanding of what officers should do in meetings, using motions, bylaws, and more. It also includes information for virtual meetings. A glossary of terms follows at the end of the text.

Fifty Years of 60 Minutes by Jeffrey Fager
Since 1968, the television news magazine 60 Minutes has been a Sunday evening fixture on CBS. The show's correspondents have interviewed prominent figures around the world, done landmark investigations, and covered trends and movements. Go behind the scenes about how the show is produced and meet the people who report the stories. Although the book isn't arranged in chronological order, it's fascinating to read how the show has evolved over five decades. Full color photos accompany the text.

The Return of the Moguls by Dan Kennedy
In recent years, the newspaper business as we know it has changed. Sales and readership have declined while many long-time publications have ceased. In this book, the author examines how the newspaper business has been effected by technological changes and corporate interests -- as well as what happened after greeting card executive Aaron Kushner became in 2012 the first of three business moguls to purchase a major newspaper. The three high profile purchases gave newsrooms new life and hope. However, there have been challenges. A timely book!