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This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All (edição 2010)

por Marilyn Johnson

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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.--From publisher description.… (mais)
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Título:This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
Autores:Marilyn Johnson
Informação:Harper (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 272 pages
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Who knew libraries were such a depository of liberal ideas?
  mullinstreetzoo | Feb 12, 2021 |
Meh. I went into this expecting so much more but I didn't really enjoy it. Most of the information just felt too familiar; I had already thought about or come across it in library school, on the job or in my own research. I can see how many readers will find the books fascinating, but it fell flat for me. Too many anecdotes and not enough of a theme tying it all together. Johnson also got on my nerves. She is the ultimate library fan-girl, acting as though she has met her favorite rock stars. The increased access and insider knowledge gives her a superior attitude that just grates. I know this is harsh, but the narration distracted me throughout most of the book. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
As a librarian I feel proud, inspired, and, I'll admit it, a bit lazy while reading this book about the cool librarians that are keeping my profession revelant. I enjoyed this book. ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
As other reviewers have noted, the subtitle is misleading ("Random Dispatches from Some Corners of Libraryland" would be more accurate), the chapters lack a unifying focus, and the author spends too much time on her own, often entirely irrelevant preoccupations. Also, someone should tell her that a) "transgender" is an adjective, not a noun; and b) if you don't want to come off as fixated about a given librarian's gender expression, then don't write about it as if it were a big shock to you and then say, "I can't get hung up on this." If I hadn't been as far along when I started to finally get fed up, I would've happily abandoned the book. ( )
  bostonian71 | Sep 10, 2020 |
Given that this book has been hyped by a good number of librarians in Librarian Blogsville, I resisted picking it up. I am not much into reading stuff that seems to be over-hyped. In the end, I picked it up because I saw it in the new books shelf of my local public library, so I figured it would be a low risk reading. The book does not even live up to the hype.

When I started reading, I noticed right away that it has a fanboy tone to it, and I am not using the term in a good way. The book seems to be written more for non-librarians and people outside the profession. Those of us in the profession already know most of what is in the book. I wanted to think that it was a good thing that someone would write something positive about librarians in this age when governments and communities want to cut library funding left and right while people think everything is online (it is not, contrary to a lot of wishful thinking, nor will it all be online anytime soon). If nothing else, the book is a pretty quick read. If you are a librarian, as I said, you probably know a good amount of the material, so you can likely skim parts of the book without feeling you missed anything. For instance, if you are a librarian blogger, or you at least follow library blogs, you can safely skip the chapter on librarian bloggers. There is nothing new here that you have not seen before.

The best parts of the book, at least the ones that resonated with me, were the chapter on Radical Reference, the one on the Connecticut Four, and the profile on the New York Public Library. The Radical Reference folks are a good example of what librarians do best in terms of helping a community right at the street level. The Connecticut Four chapter is a must read if you do not know who they are or what they did to fight for your right of privacy. They fought a government more than willing to set aside the Constitution and your rights for the sake of security. What was that thing Benjamin Franklin said about those who are willing to give up their freedom for security? These guys were not willing to give up their freedom, and they fought and won. Be sure to thank a librarian for they are one of the few folks these days willing to stand up for your rights. Finally, the NYPL piece shows a real tragedy, in spite of the good work this institution does, in terms of forsaking specialized, often unique knowledge and resources, for the short term chimera of more foot traffic. Folks may try to spin it, but that is what it boils down to.

In the end, the book has a good moment or two, but overall it just tries too hard to promote the hipster librarian image a little too hard. Sure, we are trying to get away from the shushing librarian with a bun image, but this book goes to the other extreme. I feel the book could have been more, but it failed and took an easy route. I think some people should read it, to get a sense of some of the good things librarians do these days, but be careful not to fall for the excessive hype and attempt to be too cool. If you have to keep proclaiming how cool you are, you are not.
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  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
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Say the word "librarian," and most people conjure up a frumpy, bespectacled woman shushing people — Marion the Librarian. The image is outdated, Marilyn Johnson argues in her impassioned celebration of librarians and archivists, cleverly titled This Book Is Overdue.
 
Ms. Johnson's enthusiasm for libraries and the people who work in them is refreshingly evident throughout the book. In a charming if meandering style, she samples from her conversations with traditional librarians and with "cybrarians," a catch-all term for a generation of librarians intent on finding ways to integrate the old mission of the library with the new possibilities of technology.
 

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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.--From publisher description.

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