This Book Is Overdue!

How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
Author(s): Marilyn Johnson
Genre: Language Arts
Original Publish Date: Mar 03, 2010
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.38 hours)
Product Number: Z10005154
Released: Mar 03, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400196340
Narrator/s: Hillary Huber
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Buried in information? Cross-eyed over technology? From the bottom of a pile of paper and discs, books, e-books, and scattered thumb drives comes a cry of hope: Make way for the librarians! They want to help. They're not selling a thing. And librarians know best how to beat a path through the googolplex sources of information available to us, writes Marilyn Johnson, whose previous book, The Dead Beat, breathed merry life into the obituary-writing profession. This Book Is Overdue! is a romp through the ranks of information professionals and a revelation for readers burned out on the cliches and stereotyping of librarians. Blunt and obscenely funny bloggers spill their stories in this book, as do a tattooed, hard-partying children's librarian; a fresh-scrubbed Catholic couple who teach missionaries to use computers; a blue-haired radical who uses her smartphone to help guide street protestors; a plethora of voluptuous avatars and cybrarians; the quiet, law-abiding librarians gagged by the FBI; and a boxing archivist. These are just a few of the visionaries Johnson captures here-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. 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?

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Author(s): Marilyn Johnson
Product Number EB00242707
Released: Mar 21, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9780061962103

Professional reviews

"A passion for libraries and for all genres of knowledge is celebrated by Marilyn Johnson, who explores the lives of librarians as champions of confidentiality rights and harbingers of boundless curiosity, among other things. The need for librarians to help navigate the Information Age's limitless portals and the mazes beyond them is more vital than ever. Hillary Huber narrates the often-hilarious revelations about libraries, librarians, and readers with lively humor. Reporting on the more than 450 librarian blogs to the virtual world of librarian avatars, Second Life, THIS BOOK never ceases to dazzle. Daily struggles--of burgeoning collection automation, issues of open access and literacy, and fierce defense of the Constitution--have resulted in a hip generation of visionary, increasingly activist librarians. Everyone should listen to this book--especially when votes on the fates of libraries hang in the balance all over. A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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