I enjoyed reading as a child and loved going to the library to select armloads of books. For some reason, however, becoming a librarian was never on my career choice radar – it was too “nerdy” and not enough prestige was attached to it (we could discuss the irony of my current career choice but that is well beyond the scope of this blog!).
Man, how wrong I was. Marilyn Johnson’s book This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can SAVE US ALL (borrowed from my fabulous local library) celebrates librarians and the work they do – with books, sure, but also with information in all its forms. From librarians in small-town consortiums trying to work through a computer system overhaul, to those fighting to protect patrons’ right to privacy, to big-city librarians dealing with changes in their branch systems and the proliferation of librarians in the blogosphere and in virtual reality games online, Johnson covers a wide range of librarian life. And none of it was boring.
If you love libraries then I highly recommend this book. If you have any interest in becoming a librarian this is a definite must-read; it certainly has me thinking about a career change …..