Monday, October 15, 2012

Case Study No. 0588: "How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All"

MPL Book Trailer #38: This Book is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson
Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents a book trailer featuring "This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All," by Marilyn Johnson.
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Information overload! Who can make sense of it all?

Make way for the librarians!

In an age where knowledge is power and information is everywhere
Librarians organize, process, and deliver what you need to know

"This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All"


Music by Daniel E. Buckley, Millikin University
"Glass Angels" from the CD REFLECTIONS ON THE WATER: 24 Frames of Melancholy by Danny Buckley

PHOTO CREDITS Creative Commons

"Librarian Action Figure" c2006 by Gwen's River City Images
"Librarian", "Librarians", & "Batgirl was a Librarian" c2008 by Dumio Momio (Manu P.)
"Librarian #3" c2007 by NTR23
"Librarian 1" c2007 by Robert Park
"Librarian Edith Pickles" c2009 by Chelmsford Public Library
"Librarian Still Working After End of Year Party" c2009 by Alex Ragone
Miscellaneous Photos c2010 by Mooresville Public Library
"Bookworm Sammy" c1992 by William R. Buckley

Copyright 2010 by Mooresville Public Library. All Rights Reserved.



"This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All"
By Marilyn Johnson

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 cliches and stereotyping of librarians. Here are bloggers, radicals and visionaries 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.

Blunt and obscenely funny life stories are found in these pages, like 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.

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?

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