Saturday, May 02, 2015

Books Read in 2015: "This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All" by Marilyn Johnson


You don't hear the term "cybrarian" bandied about much anymore. I think they've just gone with "digital librarian".

If you think of this as a collection of related essays rather than a single volume with a single thesis, it's a bit easier to take. Some are good, some seem like squandered opportunities, some are just overwritten, and one seems to be a very optimistic take on the potential of "Second Life" that does not seem to have borne out. But Johnson does have a great deal of affection and respect for libraries and librarians and that shines through. Most of the sins seem to come from eagerness, which shouldn't be discouraged.