Book Review: This Book is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson

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So I’ve been struggling lately on what to post, as I haven’t had the time nor the resources to finish up my two upcoming restaurant reviews. I hope to get those done sometime in November. In the meantime, here is my review, Library Journal-style, of an entertaining book about libraries and librarians. Hopefully, it will convince you to read it.

Non-fiction. Johnson, Marilyn. This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All. HarperCollins, 2010. 272 pp. 16 notes. bibliog. ISBN: 978-0-06-143160-9. $14.99.

From “The Blog People” to “The Wizards of Odd” to “Gotham City,” Marilyn Johnson’s book explores frontiers both new and old in the profession of librarianship.  Her focus is mainly on proving that libraries and librarians, in particular, are still relevant—cool even—in this Information Age; that they are, in fact, oftentimes the innovators regarding information literacy and digital outreach.  Each chapter serves to give the reader an evocative “slice of life” of what it means to be a 21st century librarian, or information professional, as some prefer to be called.  Some may find This Book is Overdue! overly adoring of young and quirky technophile librarians, while giving short shrift to others in the profession; readers’ advisories, youth services and traditional reference librarians, and library staff all barely make an appearance in the book.  Still, Johnson weaves a smart and compelling tale of the many facets of modern librarianship that should serve to delight the public for years to come.  Recommended for public and academic libraries with large non-fiction sections or interest in intellectual freedom and censorship.


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