Friday, April 22, 2011

This Book is Overdue!

Last week as libraries across America celebrated National Library Week, my thoughts turned to all things library, and my attention was easily captured by This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson.

Johnson heralds this newly evolved librarian as your tour guide through the continuously complex morass of information that has become of the staple of daily life. The typical cybrarian or information specialist is tech savvy to the max and proudly obsessed by all details of a digital nature.

Johnson takes you behind the scenes of a number of libraries, the famous New York Public Library on 42nd St, the special library of the American Kennel Club which houses an astonishing 18,000 volumes in seventeen languages on canine breeds in history, art and literature and the most amazing library imaginable - the 3D library on Second Life staffed by librarians and library lovers known as InfoGroupies.

Could Dewey have ever imagined the possibilities?


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