This Book is Overdue: how librarians and cybrarians can save us all by Marilyn Johnson
In accordance with the title, the book is about the latest developments and trends in libraries and how they impact the the general public. Johnson, not a librarian, became interested in librarians after finishing her first book The Dead Beat, a book about obituaries. While researching The Dead Beat, she found librarians tend lead fascinating and exciting lives. It made her wonder about the lives of the living librarians. To satisfy her curiosity, she traveled far and wide interviewing librarians of every guild. From librarians training students from third world countries to use the internet to librarians fighting against privacy violations, she talked to everyone! This resulted in an all encompassing and accurate portrayal of the field.
The book has some fascinating information about librarianship, regardless of your experience or expertise levels. Newbies are exposed to the inside world of the library, for example the world wide problem of finding poop in the library. Current librarians learn about the unique ways other libraries are meeting patrons needs, such as virtual library services and author galas. Most of the content is current, with one recently outdated chapter. The use of Second Life for library services is fading with the increased cost of membership. But in such a rapidly changing field, one outdated chapter is an accomplishment!
If you are interested in the book, I would not recommend the audio format. The reader’s voice was monotone and difficult to listen to. Often, I found myself drifting and forgetting what had been discussed. Sometimes her tone conveyed too much sarcasm or left out the humor, leaving the reader to interpret the author’s point. In addition, its a book that I would want to highlight or add bookmarks to, something an audio book doesn’t allow for.
Those interested in the book can find the first chapter free on Johnson’s website or find it at your local bookstore or library!