Buried in info? Cross-eyed over technology? From the bottom of a pile of paper, disks, books, e-books, and scattered thumb drives comes a cry of hope: Make way for the librarians — they can help!
Those who predicted the death of libraries forgot to consider that, in the automated maze of contemporary life, none of us–expert and hopelessly baffled alike–can get along without human help. And not just any help: we need librarians, the only ones who can save us from being buried by the digital age. This Book Is Overdue! is a romp through the ranks of information professionals–from the blunt and obscenely funny bloggers to the quiet, law-abiding librarians gagged by the FBI. These are the pragmatic idealists 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.
(Synopsis from cover of Harper Perennial paperback; cover image from goodreads.com)
I read my first Marilyn Johnson book last year for my book club, called Lives in Ruins. (You can read my review of it here.) Since then I read Johnson’s book about obituary writing, The Dead Beat, and now This Book Is Overdue! I always enjoy the unique approach that Johnson takes with her books; her books allow us a look into a field that most people wouldn’t consider investigating further. Continue reading