Sunday, March 28, 2010

I just knew it, and here's the proof:

How Librarians Can Save The World

This Book Is Overdue
This Book Is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
By Marilyn Johnson
Hardcover, 272 pages
List price: $24.99

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March 5, 2010

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 The image is outdated, Marilyn Johnson argues in her impassioned celebration of librarians and archivists, cleverly titled This Book Is Overdue. Johnson is a former magazine editor and the author of The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries — another wittily titled appreciation of another underappreciated art. She is no stranger to research — and just how helpful a good librarian can be in navigating the overwhelming, "madly multiplying beast of exploding information."


  1. Woohoo! Hey, I'm reading a terrific series of mystery novels by Ian Sansom about a young, male book mobile librarian in Ireland. They are laugh-out-loud funny!

  2. I have got to read those! Right down my alley. I love anything Irish, since P.S. I Love You.