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Monday, 8th February 2010

Author Interview: Opening the Book on Librarians

From the Interview:

In “This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All"* (Harper, 288 pp. $25), writer Marilyn Johnson has created a nuanced and adoring look at modern librarians — how they are remaking America’s public libraries in the internet Age while protecting the nation’s civil liberties.

Here are two exchanges from the interview.

Q. You’ve written this quirky book about modern librarians. Why?

A. Librarians have had my back for so long. They helped me so much when I was a magazine writer and when I was writing my book on obituaries. With the new book, I realized I was writing about a profession that was undergoing seismic changes.

Q. There seems be a gap between some librarians who are technophobes and often a younger generation that embraces blogs and virtual libraries to promote their work. How is the use of new technology shaping up?

A. I found that there is not really an age demarcation. There are older librarians that are as technically savvy as anyone. There are also librarians that are not comfortable with the new technology. It takes a tremendous amount of attention and commitment to embrace the new technologies.

* An audiobook and Kindle version are also available.
Source: Newark Star-Ledger

See Also: Marilyn Johnson Bio/Biblio Page on Amazon.com


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