This Month’s BookThing we’re going to bring it back home as suggested by Susie Dunn and read This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Mariln Johnson.
From Publishers Weekly:
Starred Review. In an information age full of Google-powered searches, free-by-Bittorrent media downloads and Wiki-powered knowledge databases, the librarian may seem like an antiquated concept. Author and editor Johnson (The Dead Beat) is here to reverse that notion with a topical, witty study of the vital ways modern librarians uphold their traditional roles as educators, archivists, and curators of a community legacy. Illuminating the state of the modern librarian with humor and authority, Johnson showcases librarians working on the cutting edge of virtual reality simulations, guarding the Constitution and redefining information services-as well as working hard to serve and satisfy readers, making this volume a bit guilty of long-form reader flattery. Johnson also makes the important case for libraries-the brick-and-mortar kind-as an irreplaceable bridge crossing economic community divides. Johnson’s wry report is a must-read for anyone who’s used a library in the past quarter century.
About Marilyn Johnson:
Marilyn Johnson is the author of three books: Lives in Ruins, about contemporary archaeologists (coming in November from HarperCollins), This Book Is Overdue! about librarians and archivists in the digital age, and The Dead Beat, about the art of obituaries and obituary writers. The Dead Beat was chosen for the Borders Original Voice program and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. Johnson is a former editor at Esquire and Outside magazines, and a former staff writer for Life. She lives with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Visit her websites at http://www. thisbookisoverdue.com and http://www.marilynjohnson.net.
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If you would like to plan ahead, next month’s book will be No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald.
Please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles from the Commission. Thanks.