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

3.44 avg rating
( 4,112 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780061431609: This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All

In This Book is Overdue!, acclaimed author Marilyn Johnson celebrates libraries and librarians, and, as she did in her popular first book, The Dead Beat, discovers offbeat and eloquent characters in the quietest corners. In defiance of doomsayers, Johnson finds librarians more vital and necessary than ever, as they fuse the tools of the digital age with love for the written word and the enduring values of truth, service to all, and free speech. This Book Is Overdue! is a romp through the ranks of information professionals who organize our messy world and offer old-fashioned human help through the maze.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

Buried in info? Cross-eyed over technology? From the bottom of a pile of paper and discs, books, e-books, and scattered thumb drives comes a cry of hope: Make way for the librarians! They want to help. They're not selling a thing. And librarians know best how to beat a path through the googolplex sources of information available to us, writes Marilyn Johnson, whose previous book, The Dead Beat, breathed merry life into the obituary-writing profession.

This Book Is Overdue! is a romp through the ranks of information professionals and a revelation for readers burned out on the clichés and stereotyping of librarians. Blunt and obscenely funny bloggers spill their stories in these pages, as do a tattooed, hard-partying children's librarian; a fresh-scrubbed Catholic couple who teach missionaries to use computers; a blue-haired radical who uses her smartphone to help guide street protestors; a plethora of voluptuous avatars and cybrarians; the quiet, law-abiding librarians gagged by the FBI; and a boxing archivist. These are just a few of the visionaries Johnson captures here, 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.

Those who predicted the death of libraries forgot to consider that in the automated maze of contemporary life, none of us—neither the experts nor the hopelessly baffled—can get along without human help. And not just any help—we need librarians, who won't charge us by the question or roll their eyes, no matter what we ask. Who are they? What do they know? And how quickly can they save us from being buried by the digital age?

About the Author:

Marilyn Johnson is a former editor and writer for Life, Esquire, and Outside magazines, and lives with her husband, Rob Fleder, in New York's Hudson Valley.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Johnson, Marilyn
Published by HarperCollins
ISBN 10: 0061431605 ISBN 13: 9780061431609
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Vital Products COM LLC
(southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0061431605. Bookseller Inventory # Z0061431605ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
14.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.62
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Johnson, Marilyn
Published by HarperCollins
ISBN 10: 0061431605 ISBN 13: 9780061431609
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0061431605. Bookseller Inventory # Z0061431605ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
14.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.62
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Johnson, Marilyn
Published by HarperCollins
ISBN 10: 0061431605 ISBN 13: 9780061431609
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0061431605. Bookseller Inventory # Z0061431605ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
14.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.62
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Johnson, Marilyn
Published by HarperCollins 2010-02-02 (2010)
ISBN 10: 0061431605 ISBN 13: 9780061431609
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Ebooksweb COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins 2010-02-02, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. 0061431605. Bookseller Inventory # Z0061431605ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
14.71
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.62
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Johnson, Marilyn
Published by HarperCollins
ISBN 10: 0061431605 ISBN 13: 9780061431609
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Booklot COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0061431605. Bookseller Inventory # Z0061431605ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
14.72
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.62
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Johnson, Marilyn
Published by HarperCollins
ISBN 10: 0061431605 ISBN 13: 9780061431609
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Qwestbooks COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0061431605. Bookseller Inventory # Z0061431605ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
14.72
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.62
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Marilyn Johnson
Published by Harper (2010)
ISBN 10: 0061431605 ISBN 13: 9780061431609
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061431605

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
19.47
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 10.80
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Johnson, Marilyn
Published by HarperCollins, U.S.A. (2010)
ISBN 10: 0061431605 ISBN 13: 9780061431609
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Renaissanceman Books
(Albany, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, U.S.A., 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. New. First. First Edition stated and number line starts with 5. Could be gifted. Dust jacket not price-clipped ($24.99). No marks, writing or bookplate inside. Not a remainder or ex-library. Bookseller Inventory # 002645

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.74
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 21.60
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Johnson, Marilyn
Published by HarperCollins (2010)
ISBN 10: 0061431605 ISBN 13: 9780061431609
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110061431605

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
34.35
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 15.42
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds