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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Librarians in the Information Age

A few days back I posted about the US Library of Congress saving all Tweets. I just came upon a book: This Book is Overdue ... by Marilyn Johnson. Which covers lots of related issues. She reminded me of the loss of the content in the first e-mail, sent in 1964.

I am a library enthusiast, and have worked with libraries dealing with the goal of getting enterprises to use and support their services. Johnson's book is good, covering many of the changes in the role of public information specialist in recent years. She does over simplify some of the changes and directions and grabs onto some current and likely short-lived methods. Her view of librarian as activist and determiner of truth can also exceed its scope. Still, a good book, worth reading for anyone interested in libraries, librarians and their future.

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