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This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All 1st Edition
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Frequently depicting librarians as a breed apart who are nonetheless indispensable to mere mortals in search of information, no matter how arcane, she has written a book that celebrates the eccentricity and sheer diversity within their profession--a profession that in some ways is changing at breakneck speed and in others is securely rooted in tradition. Her topics veer from the librarians who sued the government, post-"Patriot" Act, to keep their patrons' records out of the hands of government spies, to avid blogger librarians, to the librarian avatars of Second Life, to the changing face of the New York Public Library, to name just a few, carrying readers along for a decidedly unconventional but fascinating ride.
I found the chapters on Radical Reference--activist librarians who take to the streets, using smart phones to dispense information--and the Second Life librarians to be particularly interesting, mainly because they represent such a departure from the traditional roles we're all familiar with.Read more ›
I've often wondered what would happen to libraries in a world with instant online access, so I selected this book with high expectations. Marilyn Johnson begins with a brief historical example and an explanation of how librarians have helped libraries (and, especially, their patrons) adapt to this ever-changing online environment.
The first few chapters are full of stories from librarians illustrating their invaluable knowledge that a computer alone cannot provide. For example, librarians helping the unemployed create resumes (usually people who have never even heard of resumes), or making themselves available to answer questions 24/7 through web blogs.
The chapter, Big Brother and the Holdout Company, was extremely disturbing. I didn't know about the gag-order on the librarians during the Patriot Act debate, until I read this book. If you value your privacy, you will find this case very relevant...if you live in the States, that is.Read more ›
Andrew Carnegie, the "patron saint" and architect of the public library system would've bought this book (ideally, he would've bought many copies and then given them all away). He would've laughed, and winced, and been both alarmed and grateful. He would've been entertained, enlightened, and come away knowing more than he did when he started. In that, it perfectly fulfills a book's mission. Libraries and librarians are as vital as oxygen. In this time of great and sometimes scary transition (for books, for writers, for readers, and for the very concept of community), this is the book they (and we) deserve.
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This is a book about librarians and the wide-ranging job prospects, from a small AKC dog library in Manhattan to recreating libraries on internet gaming sites. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Nancy A
I’m currently working toward an MLS degree in the hopes of becoming a librarian. When I found out about Marilyn Johnson’s 2011 book, This Book is Overdue! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Karl Janssen
Eye opening examination of what libraries and librarians can do for you. Way more than books. Way more than you think. A fascinating read.Published 16 months ago by Gerard Hallaren
A surprising book in that it covers quite a bit of ground . Topics range from protecting civil liberties, copy write, freedom of the press, Second Life by Linden Labs, cyber... Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Reg Nordman
I really like libraries, so I hoped I would enjoy this book. What a disappointment. The writer uses a breathless, wondrous, cloying style that I found hard to read. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by pr22210
My daughter is getting her degree in Library and Information Services and thinks this book is wonderful. I purchased it as a Christmas present for her.Published on January 14, 2013 by Patti Lehigh