This Book Is Overdue!

This Book Is Overdue!

How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All

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Those who predicted the death of libraries forgot to consider that in the automated maze of contemporary life, none of us--neither the experts nor the hopelessly baffled--can get along without human help. And not just any help--we need librarians, who won't charge us by the question or roll their eyes, no matter what we ask. Who are they? What do they know? And how quickly can they save us from being buried by the digital age? This book is a romp through the ranks of information professionals and a revelation for readers burned out on the clichés and stereotyping of librarians. Here are bloggers, radicals and visionaries who fuse the tools of the digital age with their love for the written word and the enduring values of free speech, open access, and scout-badge-quality assistance to anyone in need.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061431609
0061431605
Branch Call Number: Z682 .J65 2009
020 J68, 2010
020 JO
Characteristics: xii, 272 p. ; 22 cm.

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abcDena
Jan 19, 2018

Can I give this non-stars? I don't want to offend anyone, least of all my heroes: librarians. So, suffice it to say, this book was not at all what I expected and I expect my expectations are not really at fault here. I knew I was going for librarian lite when I saw the cover and title, but was excited to learn more about modern librarianship and anything about peripheral library staff that support our amazing librarians -- like media or digital specialists, information specialists and beyond. But I didn't get any of that. A weird chapter about a virtual reality game almost reduced me to tears. Like...what? What did I just read?

So, did I offend anyone? Sorry. =(

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abcDena
Jan 18, 2018

Can I give this non-stars? I don't want to offend anyone, least of all my heroes: librarians. So, suffice it to say, this book was not at all what I expected and I expect my expectations are not really at fault here. I knew I was going for librarian lite when I saw the cover and title, but was excited to learn more about modern librarianship and anything about peripheral library staff that support our amazing librarians -- like media or digital specialists, information specialists and beyond. But I didn't get any of that. A weird chapter about a virtual reality game almost reduced me to tears. Like...what? What did I just read?

So, did I offend anyone? Sorry. =(

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.

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MoominLibrarian
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.

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Spillie
Dec 17, 2010

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

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demag2
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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