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If you haven’t visited your local library for a while, you might be in for a surprise. Marilyn Johnson in “This Book is Overdue” lets us know why Marian the Librarian is now a cybrarian. Everything has not gone “e”, but the old patterns are passing even in the most isolated repository. This book informs the reader about the state of libraries and librarians as they are coming to be – er have become. Anyone familiar with libraries of late will find contemporary perspectives. For example, a section details the role of the Federal Government in trying to breach confidentiality. This is not a new issue, but has new implications. Other chapters tell the “inside story” and reveal “the dark side” of libraries. A chapter on activism among librarians in the US and abroad is interesting. This is a very entertaining and informative tome. Anyone who loves books will not be disappointed. Anyone seeking to understand how the e-revolution is being operational zed in the country will be rewarded for reading. The reading of Hillary Huber is very good.
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This book was written for anyone who loves libraries, librarians, and looking towards the future in the field. It was an exciting look at current trends, and the information culture. As a future librarian, this book helped to reinforce the absolute need of information, and the continuing need of librarians with a diverse technological background.
I especially liked the chapter on librarian blogs, and the detailed looks at sample libraries within the overarching theme of the book. The narration was great too! This is not too technical a book, and can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest. Meaning it is not just for librarians, it is for anyone who wants to know how we still need libraries, and how we always will.
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