In our daily lives as librarians we often feel that we and our profession are not fully understood. As a librarian, how could I bring the message across but through a book? How could I also show that we are not stereotypes and that many of us are as unique as the rest of the community? What better way to reveal the profession and to gain insight into the inner workings of the library professional but through anecdotes?
The book by Marilyn Johnson entitled “This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All”, published in 2010, is such a book. You will find the book under the call number 023.2 Johnson – please check the library catalog for availability at http://www.aclibrary.org
Here is a summary:
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.
The frontier — Information sickness — On the ground — The blog people — Big brother and the holdout company — How to change the world — To the ramparts! — Follow that tattooed librarian — Wizards of odd — Gotham city — What’s worth saving? — The best day
Happy reading! See you in the library!