Posted by: sissillie | June 29, 2011

Book Review: This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All By Marilyn Johnson

I found this book recently when doing research for a term paper. While it ended up not being very useful for my paper, I found it very interesting. Thinking about pursuing a library career myself, reading stories about how librarians of today are adapting and changing to this digital world was fascinating.

Marilyn Johnson is writing this book for not only librarians, but for people who are wanting to “see behind the curtain” and learn what happens in some of these libraries, if your rights really are being protected, and how people seem to like to leave poo on the shelves. She also points out that you no longer need a degree to be a librarian. There are a multitude of people out there organizing information, and making it their mission in their free time to make it easier for users to find, bringing the idea of a cybrarian into the world.

As for the reading level, I found it a very easy read for a non-fiction book. It was not too full of jargon and you don’t have to be a information science student to understand what is on the page. Marilyn Johnson does an excellent job of honoring these protectors of information. I think this should be added to a required reading list, so that the public does not forget how important librarians can be, especially as the world goes digital.


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