The book will not be overdue, as you will read it in a few days.
May 18, 2010 12:14 PM Subscribe
This Book is Overdue
posted by codacorolla (22 comments total)
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(link to a PDF of the first chapter from the author’s site: here
) is a non-fiction
work published in February of 2010. It’s a study of the modern library, and by extension,
the modern librarian. Primarily the place that each of these things has in a world that is
increasingly moving to a world of digital
. The book is divided into a few different sections...
This Book is Overdue
- Information sickness; a review of the role of the
librarian as information expert in a world that is overflowing with
- On the Ground; The relationship between Library Circ. and Ref. staff to their IT
departments, focusing on one Branch’s rocky migration from locally hosted information to cloud storage.
- The Blog People; How librarians have moved from discussing their trade at
conventions and the staff room, to a more open (for better and for worse) discussion on a
large network of library dedicated blogs: a few examples here,
including a reference to our own Jessamyn (specifically the video she made here: http://vimeo.com/4169783)
- Big Brother and the Holdout Company; Detailing the heroic
efforts of a few librarians in the face of the U.S. Patriot Act’s murky security
- How to Change the World; Describes a program that trains professionals in
developing countries in social and information technologies, emphasizing social justice and information access.
- To the Ramparts!; Details the efforts of street librarians during the 2008 Republican
National Convention, as well as the efforts to archive and circulate zines (here(PDF warning))
- Follow that Tattooed Librarian; On the idea of the 'sexy librarian'(YT), and the new
face of the 'hipster'
- Wizards of Odd; A chapter dedicated to the burgeoning world of Second Life librarianship (yes, really!).
- Gotham City; The story of how the NYPL has
changed its focus from research to creative public service, within the lens of
the recent economic collapse.
- What’s Worth Saving; which explores how we never really know what’s worth
archiving until someone needs the material , as well as the problematic nature of saving digital communications.
isn’t without its faults (sometimes leaving off when things seem to be getting interesting, being my main complaint), but it’s certainly a terrific overview of libraries today. If you’d like to read an interview with the author, there’s
I'm not affiliated with the author, or the publishing house in any way (although I do work at a library, so I'm affiliated with the subject matter). I've just recently
read the book, and thought that it had a lot to discuss.