This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
by Marilyn Johnson
Non-fiction book about libraries and librarians.
Book lovers and bloggers have got to read this book. Fascinating, fun-filled facts, and everything you ever wanted to know about one of my most favorite places in the world *sigh*...libraries.
Johnson covers everything in this book. She talks about the right to privacy and a debate over the Patriot Act. In 2005, the FBI went to a library demanding information about a patron who used a computer there, saying it was a matter of national security. The librarians fought to remain silent, in defense of the privacy of citizens. The government was asking for records secretly and telling the librarians to keep quiet about it. After this incident the Patriot Act was reauthorized and rewritten, but there is still a law authorizing secret searches by the FBI.
Johnson talks about new libraries, old libraries, virtual libraries, digital libraries, research libraries, young librarians, old librarians, virtual librarians, and even social groups for librarians.
My favorite chapter was "The Blog People" where Johnson talks about librarian blogs, which I'm going to have to check out. The Annoyed Librarian, The Effing Librarian, Librarian's Rant, The Obnoxious Librarian from Hades, Shhhh!!!, Lower East Side Librarian, and many others. On their blogs they discuss the poop they have to put up with...literally. Apparently someone pooped in a book drop and became the topic of one blog. Then others said they too have found patrons' poop in peculiar places.
Needless to say, no topic was unturd. I mean, unturned.
The only chapter I didn't get was "Wizards of Odd" about Second Life, a virtual reality site. I don't even know what to say about it.
Other than that, I thought this book was really fun and I'm glad I read it.
And now I know...I should have been a librarian.
Johnson also wrote "The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries." I admit I read the obituaries, so this will be going on my list.
Do I Recommend?
Yes. Strongly recommended for true book lovers.
Where else? My local library :)
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