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

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HarperCollins, Jan 25, 2011 - Social Science - 304 pages

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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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Frenetic ode to information specialists" - spends too much time on the few librarians who do amazing things (many of which are surely made more so by Johnson's breathless & superficial viewpoint ... Read full review

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User Review  - deldevries - LibraryThing

Outstanding!! The personal stories make this a page turner. For example, the inside stories of the NY Public Library. Combining a love for books and a web enabled appreciation for rapidly changing information and everything digital, the author covers it all. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

A former staff writer for Life and an editor at Esquire, Redbook, and Outside, Marilyn Johnson is the author of The Dead Beat. She lives in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

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