This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All

Paperback | January 25, 2011

byMarilyn Johnson

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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.

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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...

Marilyn Johnson is the author ofLives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble(Harper, 2014), and two other works of non-fiction,The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries(Harper Perennial, 2007) andThis Book Is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All(Harper P...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:January 25, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061431613

ISBN - 13:9780061431616

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“Topical, witty.... Johnson’s wry report is a must-read for anyone who’s used a library in the past quarter century.”