This Book Is Overdue!

This Book Is Overdue!

How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All

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In a celebration of libraries and the dedicated people who staff them, the author argues that librarians are more important than ever, and discusses a new breed of visionary professionals who use the Web to link people and information.

In This Book is Overdue!, acclaimed author Marilyn Johnson celebrates libraries and librarians, and, as she did in her popular first book,The Dead Beat, discovers offbeat and eloquent characters in the quietest corners. In defiance of doomsayers, Johnson finds librarians more vital and necessary than ever, as they fuse the tools of the digital age with love for the written word and the enduring values of truth, service to all, and free speech. This Book Is Overdue! is a romp through the ranks of information professionals who organize our messy world and offer old-fashioned human help through the maze.

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In witty and fast-moving prose, Johnson (whose writing career includes obituary writer for Life) relates how and why librarians are more indispensable than ever in the age of information, likening their values and importance to Girl Scouts and classical heroes, as they fight ignorance, keep the mountains of information in order, ensure free access to their library's materials, and valiantly assist every visitor who arrives at the library door. The names and stories of many librarians are featured, including the Connecticut Four, librarians who blog, librarians who teach computer skills, and librarians who steadfastly fight for their patrons' right to privacy. The volume is not indexed. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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In a celebration of libraries and the dedicated people who staff them, the author argues that librarians are more important than ever, in a book that follows cybrarians, a new breed of visionary professionals who use the web to link people and information. By the author of The Dead Beat. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : HarperCollin Pub., c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061431609
Branch Call Number: 020 J
Characteristics: xii, 272 p. ;,22 cm


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bibliotechnocrat Feb 04, 2015

Johnson has clearly done her homework, and this journalistic review of the state of the librarian profession is rather fun. There's a terrific section on the Connecticut Four, who sued the US Attorney General over the Patriot Act, and fun bits about things like Archives and catalogue migration (painful!). The rather long part on Second Life is a bit draggy and outdated, but that just goes to show how quickly things evolve in Libraryland. This quick read is a hymn to the profession, with some good long peeks behind the staff-only door.

multcolib_central Jul 10, 2014

Super Librarian to the rescue!
Libraries aren't dead, they're needed more than ever. Lot Johnson tells you why with these compelling stories of information professionals.

hschoenfeld Jul 09, 2012

Required reading for library employees. Really enjoyed this book.

Jun 11, 2011

I was attracted to some of the library issues the author addresses and I really wanted to like this, but the relentless librarian ego-stroking wore me down. Couldn't make it through to the end.

daymakerdave Feb 15, 2011

If you are a Librarian or if you work in a Library, then this book is a must read! Heck, even if you just like your Library I'd recommend this one. Funny, insightful and packed with great information on the future of Libraries, this book was very entertaining to read! If I could, I'd make this book mandatory reading for any staff member at any Library.

Dec 17, 2010

As a library tech student I've suggested this book to my classmates. Highly recommended.

Jul 27, 2010

This ia an amazing book. Library's keep getting better and now we know why. You guys are so cool!


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