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Heather Menzies.

Toronto, James Lorimer, c1982.
161pp, paper, $18.95 (cloth), $9.95 (paper).
ISBN 0-88862-554-5 (cloth), 0-88862-553-7 (paper).

Grades 10 and up.
Reviewed by Jean Farquharson.

Volume 11 Number 2.
1983 March.

Heather Menzies, author of Women and the Chip, has written another book to help people direct themselves into the computer age. In this time of mass unemployment and vast changes, people are concerned about job security, the effect of computers in business and industry, the need for training and retraining, and education for new jobs and careers. Menzies covers all of these topics, and she directs the book to workers, managers, educators, and policymakers.

She feels that, as individuals, we must and can take charge of the technology, and direct it to enrich and improve our lives rather than "replacing, deskilling, or otherwise diminishing them." We must be optimistic and creative, for "if we don't master this technology as a tool we will be mastered by its ends and subjugated to its technique." She makes no bones about the negative social and economic effects computers may have on people, especially women, but she points out how individuals can prepare themselves for the changing job market. She also states what the roles of unions and governments should be: planning, educating, legislating, and protecting people's jobs and rights.

The book is well-researched and very readable. The table of contents and organization make information readily accessible without an index. Sources and suggested readings contain such useful and current publications as Planning For an Information Society: Tomorrow Is Too Late, published in 1982 by the Science Council of Canada.

Highly recommended to teachers, guidance counsellors, and students investigating career possibilities.

Jean Farquharson, Brantford C. I. & V. S., Brantford, ON.
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