Librarians Get Their Due

How could we not be excited about This Book is Overdue, which calls librarians the heroes of the cyber age?

Happily, others are giving the book (and the profession) its due as well. Today’s Wall Street Journal reviews it (love the torn jacket in the illustration; were reviewers fighting over it?). Although the reviewer appreciates author Marilyn Johnson’s “keen eye for detail” and “charming if meandering style” as she explores how today’s librarians are seeking to  “integrate the old mission of the library with the new possibilities of technology,” she fears that libraries may lose something in the transition.

It’s also reviewed very positively in the Boston Globe (In the digital age, librarians are pioneers) and the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Marilyn Johnson is fun and emphatic in ‘This Book is Overdue!’).

The Daily Beast lists it as one of the week’s five “Hot Reads,” and it’s one of Sarah Weinman’s “Picks of the Week” on her mystery blog, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind.

The book has risen to #337 on Amazon and much more is coming:

NYT BR, 3/7 (plus, a possible review in the daily NYT)
NPR On the Media
USA Today interview

This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
Marilyn Johnson
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2010-02-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061431605 / 9780061431609

Audio: Tantor; 2/22/10
Trade: 9781400116348; 7 CD’s; $34.99
Library: 9781400146345; 7 CD’s; $69.99
MP3: 9781400166343; 1 MP3-CD; $24.99

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