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This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All chapter 1 This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, meaning This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, genre This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, book cover This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, flies This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All 5704e201c2c26 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 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

10 thoughts on “This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All

  1. says:

    This Book is Overdue is a quick read with an identity crisis Should the book be a serious analysis of the manner in which libraries and librarians are changing, for better or for worse, with the rise of technology Should it be a memoir ish narrative of the author s experience visiting libraries both in real and Second Life and librarians What about a huggy chapter on teaching potential librarians from developing cultures how to use technology to improve the lives of their patrons These parts coalesce less into a coherent whole and into what seems like what could have been a long magazine article stretched thin into an undersized book with large font.The text includes positives, sure The chapter that compassionately contrasts the desire of an aging New York librarian, who wants to preserve a unique but rarely used collection, with the push of young, hipper librarians who focus on customer service and the needs of the broader public, is well done And the chapter on Second Life librarians made me, um, feel a lot better about the time I spend on Goodreads And I love that the author acknowledges that some librarians are evil enough to bounce to the front of material waiting lists Johnson falls flat when she goes into cheerleader mode Yes, yes, I know, you respect librarians You said that about 4,000 times, and guess what, your readership probably respects librarians, too Yay Near the end I felt like I was reading that part of a sixth grader s essay when she really, really needs to pad a couple pages to reach the required length And Johnson s distaste of stack weeding confused me Ok, I get it, you worry that some valuable books might get lost in the weeding process But where the hell are you supposed to put these books that no one reads What about the books that are falling apart Yes, it s a shame Is that all you got Maybe because I m already converted to the message Johnson is preaching I didn t get much from This Book Is Overdue It s ok If I needed than a few hours with the book I doubt I would have continued Johnson failed, I think, to acknowledge that readers are probably going to see through what I perceived as a well intentioned attempt to sell books on a slam dunk topic readers love to read about reading, right that covers its lack of substance with a chatty narrative Ok Not great Look for This Book Is Overdue within a month of two in the discount sections of bookstores everywhere.

  2. says:

    As a recent MLIS graduate and new library professional, I approached this book with the anticipation that I would read a book that would serve as a standard bearer for my profession and bring all the vital functions that libraries provide to the attention of a wider audience Here was our champion sounding the clarion call for a profession that has historically been unappreciated and certainly underfunded Perhaps this book would explain to the world at least what we really do.Perhaps my expectations were set too high Marilyn Johnson possesses undeniable enthusiasm and interest in libraries and I appreciate the admiration We need people like her singing our praises However, the book itself rambles and wastes precious space recounting how she finds these professionals toiling quietly behind the scenes The book begins with promise Her accounts of the origin of OCLC and the advantages of using a trained librarian rather than Google are engaging Likewise, her account of the legal battle that librarians successfully waged against the U.S government defending themselves against the Patriot Act However, she goes to extreme lengths to describe tattooed librarians, ring nosed librarians, multicolored haired librarians, lesbian librarians, all of the above librarians that run inflammatory blogs She spends an entire chapter discussing Second Life and the avatars and alter egos of librarians living colorful virtual fantasy lives While this may be fun for participants, it seems like a frivolous waste of space when there is so much about real world librarians that can be told.After Second Life, the book loses the momentum it was building up to that point Her account of the New York Public Library system reads like publicity literature for the NYPL, fawning over these heroes who not only provide valuable services and amazing collections to the public but also sponsor events for giving authors respect and attention that they themselves do not get, until someone like Marilyn Johnson puts them in a book.I realize that I speak as a library professional rather than a patron who appreciates libraries but I feel that space devoted to the days in the lives of librarians and descriptions of what they actually do would have been far interesting than chapters on Second Life or tattooed bloggers Perhaps readers respond strongly to tales of eccentrics or fantasy lives than they would to straightforward accounts of the work of librarians I speak from the perspective of one who works in a public library although I acknowledge that those who work in academic libraries as well as special libraries are also given short shrift I appreciate the intention and I hate to sound ungrateful but I think she failed to use the opportunity to its fullest advantage.

  3. says:

    Exactly what the blurb says, this was a fun romp through those who serve so proudly A little goes a long way, especially when it comes to an entire chapter on librarians in the virtual world of Second Life, though Still, she covered a lot of ground showed how libraries are evolving to keep meeting their our needs They are one of the best democratic institutions allowing free anonymous access to one all The part about the FBI s attempts to gain information is plain scary.The coverage of archiving how that differs from other libraries was really interesting, too How she related it to her personal use wasn t very She s not particularly computer savvy it s what I do for a living, so I was way ahead of her I wish she d gotten into how librarians sort things, though I have a terrible time at that.Overall, a very interesting look at super important institutions that don t get enough love or attention from us Frankly, we take them for granted, even someone like me who uses their services constantly.

  4. says:

    My 3 star rating is somewhat misleading some chapters were 5 star worthy, such as the one about the Connecticut 4 who challenged the Patriot Act and an account of a collaboration between reference librarians and artists The book also includes some of the best and most eloquent defenses I ve heard of the value of libraries in the 21st century and some good thoughts on technology and libraries But at other points Johnson veered off into a weird obsession with Second Life, got sidetracked by a personal desire to archive the internet why and, to put it rather bluntly, shows her age in a few sections dealing with technology Finally, despite claiming to be a somewhat serious study of libraries today, she seems a little too fond of the usual librarian stereotypes older ones are ladies with buns and glasses and a fear of technology, while younger ones still female wear ironic cat eye glasses, eat cupcakes and write snarky blogs Hmmm.Anyway, still thought provoking and full of good stories And, most importantly for me, it didn t put me off my new idea of going to library school and pursuing a career in this crazy, fluctuating field.

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    As a male, non hipster library school student with skill in actual library technology not just social media and empty buzzwords such as Library 2.0 , I found this book to be incredibly depressing and superficial I m sure there are plenty in the library community at large who can appreciate it, but I really thought it did a poor job of showing the true diversity of the library community not just reference librarians in public libraries, but academic, school, and special librarians as well, or technical services as a group there is one chapter about the unholy hell of catalog migration, but Johnson doesn t have enough understanding of library operations to ask the right questions It really just seems as though she talked to a few people like herself who happened to be standing behind the desk in a handful of libraries that were physically convenient to her, and is basing her impression of the entire profession on those encounters, plus a handful of social events and at least once, she actually says as much Overall, Johnson misses 95% of the forest for a couple of the shinier trees and from where I m sitting as an actual librarian, her exuberantly ADHD tone comes across as blindly self indulgent and totally ignorant of the true scope of the profession Some in the library community will love this book, but for others, and for the average bystander, it s a very jaundiced, and often completely ignorant, picture of the profession as a whole This is self important New York convenience reporting at its worst, and I will certainly not be cracking another book by this author anytime soon.

  6. says:

    Not my favorite style of book lots of interesting, but somewhat random stories Some of the stories were pretty cool, but I also came away from the book feeling like I ll be a failure in life if I m not some over the top amazing librarian who changes the world Those stories and people are cool, but to some extent, they re the exception, not the norm We can t all take on the Supreme Court by disregarding an FBI letter and challenging the Patriot Act If we get the opportunity, great, but many won t Can we still be proud to be librarians if all we do is serve everyone who enters the library in a friendly manner and try to do our jobs well I don t think I fit in the elite world of librarians that is described in this book, but I still think I ll be a pretty good librarian Maybe I missed the point of this book New students entering my MLIS program are being asked to read this book, and, honestly, I think if I had read this book when I started my degree, I would have been a little freaked out that I was expected to be a superhero I m not a superhero, but I will gladly smile, give you personal attention, and help you as best I can if you encounter me at a reference desk some day.

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    One full star off for snarky reference to avoiding dog ownership and absence of similar judgment on cat ownership s insanity.I thoroughly enjoyed most of this book It s true that I m a recent re convert to library usage, after many years of avoiding them because of one old prune faced, pursey lipped hag s humiliation of me She wouldn t let twelve year old me check out Stranger in a Strange Land because it has S E X in it until my mother approved Mama s rejoinder to that was, Honey, so does life If you re lucky Actually, she was middle aged, plump, and wore a HUGE cross around her neckwhen she was done with her mischief, I made my mother laugh by saying, too bad it wasn t the crown of thorns But the many and various challenges that libraries face are completely transparent to the public that uses them We just expect that they ll keep on being there, checking books out to us, providing online resources for our kids and grandkids, being waystations for us when our own Internet connections go down or whatever We re not fond of paying for the libraries, either, as demonstrated by the readiness of governments of all sizes to cut their acquisition, staffing, maintenance budgets to the bone and beyond, to the point of amputation.Fortunately, The Librarian is a resolute and resilient subspecies of Homo sapiens , and has cleverly disguised itself in some very odd placesGoogle Second Life sometime and go for a walk on the Weird Side Lots of librarians talked to author Johnson, and told her tales of woe but she heard paeans of praise and odes to joy, too, and reports each and all of these classes of utterance with clarity and asperity.Libraries and librarians have moved onto the World Wide Web with verve and enthusiasmbut back in RL, things aren t so rosy The New York Public Library s iconic building at Forty second and Fifth will, for the first time in forty years, house a circulating library It comes at the cost of the Asian and Russian collections, but what the hellthe money from redeveloping the Mid Manhattan Branch s site into yet another hotel will do some good, too, right Butand this is where I get madder than hellcan any amount of material gain make up for the loss to the culture of the world that two collections of rare, irreplaceable material objects the papers of the Tsarist government the contents of a monastery s library properly curated and indexed represent I presume the fact that I bother to phrase the question tells you what MY answer is.I said in another review that h istory is the beautiful, brightly lit foam on top of the annihilating tsunami of the unrecorded past History books are the spectrographic analysis of the light glinting off that foam Yes, but I left out a key component Without a library to house, organize, cross reference, FIND that book, what good does the damned thing do Support your local library in a PRACTICAL way And go hug a librarian.

  8. says:

    Wow How unusual A journalist who does a superficial job in covering a subject that raises questions than the author can ask let alone answer This is a good example of why I so often rate non fiction with few stars It fails to demonstrate the human ability to think, but is full of examples of the human shortcoming of glibness Basically this was a library fan s view of the current state of computer technology in libraries today which raises no questions about the future The achievements and abilities of libraries and their staffs were generally overrated For example, I am annoyed that because of her suck up portrayal of the NYPL tech guy I bothered to go on their supposed revolutionary web site I found it easier than average to navigate, but actually less helpful than most library sites in that it failed to include access to databases So I tend to disbelieve her goo goo eyed opinions of what she observed Retire, Marilyn and spend your days curled up with a good book.

  9. says:

    Fairly interesting bookI skimmed mostly forgive me librarians of the world It wasn t exactly what I d expected, still fairly interesting take on what librarians have done for the world all of us and are still doing You might find it what you re looking for, I appreciate what librarians have to put up with including the bureaucracies My daughter worked for the Nashville system back when and after a few years had done and was doing every job there was to dobut, she topped out at a salary it would be hard to survive on if you were still living at home with no bills You see, she didn t have a degree in library science , so even if she could do and did do the work, she couldn t be paid above a certain amount She of course left for other office work and has done well The other librarians didn t want to lose competent helpbut could do nothing about it.A few years ago we had a mayor who believed in putting money into the library systemwe myself included got used to finding almost any new book we looked for in the collection, there were new facilities built, buildings refurbished, even a brand new HUGE main library building built in downtown Nashville Then we changed mayorsthe beautiful new building sits half empty and trying to find a new release now is almost a joke Book funds for the year are spent within the first couple of months apparently the new mayor same political party thinks money for the library is only a waste the librarians however have to put up with patrons like me who got used to finding almost anything we looked for I try to be nice, I know it s not their fault, and mostly they handle the frustrated patrons.As I said, not a bad book We could all probably stand to appreciate librarians Okay, they re not all great, there are some painfully poor librarians, but those aren t the norm Personally if we ever move to automated librarians I shall be very sad Librarians are a national international treasure That s what I like about the book, it s not the most readable and it may itself contribute a bit to information overload at times a theme in the book , but it s not bad 3 stars.

  10. says:

    In tough times, a librarian is a terrible thing to waste And so starts this charming and inside glimpse into the life and times of being a librarian in ever evolving libraries in the 21st century Author Marilyn Johnson takes her readers on a journey through a database migration in Westchester County, New York, to changing the largest research library in the New York City Public Library system into a circulation library, to librarians setting up virtual libraries and reference desks in Second Life, two four librarians in Connecticut fighting the federal government over the constitutionality of handing over library records with a patron s consent as per the Patriot Act It is one wild ride, one that a reader would not envision taking place in between the covers of this book because of all the stereotypes we have in our minds about librarians, which this book is quick to debunk Librarians have tattoos, cuss like truck drivers, enjoy utilizing the latest technology computers, the internet, virtual reality games , all while getting to do something they love Librarians even take their skills to the street, volunteering at protests to provide protesters with valuable information everything from real time information about where the police are cracking down on protesters to where the closest restrooms are Johnson does a great job of immersing herself into the secret world of librarians and the librarians in which they work Who knew that poop was such a problem in public libraries I didn t until reading this book The author s love of learning, literature, and libraries shines through in every page and makes this a must read for anyone who loves his or her local library.

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