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Before I get into my review I need to whine about a weird glitch in NYPL's hold request system. I had a copy of Clockwork Prince checked out from Seward Park, which has a great teen section, btw, and sadly it came due before I was finished. The library system holds 67 copies of the book and is currently listing 27 available, which is probably similar to the number that were available when I attempted to renew the copy I had checked out. I say "attempted" to renew, because the system wouldn't let me. Since there were two or so holds on the book at the time, I was unable to renew the copy I had in hand, even though there were at least twenty copies on shelves in NYPL's circulating collection, including another copy at Seward Park. In order to continue reading the book, I returned the copy I couldn't renew to Seward Park and picked up their other copy, which was right on the shelf where it was supposed to be. Wtf, NYPL?
The author quotes former ALA president Patricia Wilson Berger in her epigraph "Show me a computer expert who gives a damn, and I'll show you a librarian." I wouldn't say all librarians give a damn or that no non-librarian computer geeks don't, but I do think that sentiment is an appropriate way to launch into Johnson's 250 page mash note to librarians. What she likes about us is what I like about us—that we are dedicated to our user population and to our professional ethics. That unlike many other experts, our mission involves educating people and providing access to self-education tools without being snotty about it. At least to your face.
As it turns out, although it was the computer expertiness of librarians that made Johnson notice us, many of the librarians and library projects she profiles in this book are stronger in "give a damn."
Before I really get started, I need to contemplate for a moment that Johnson got interested in librarians, because in researching her previous book The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiff, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries she fell in love with librarians through their obituaries. She is a loving and generous writer, but we have to admit a little quirky, right?
Just so's you know, when I visited the Tompkins Square branch of NYPL last night, the hold books were no longer indicated by people's full names. So yay!
Now, if only they'd had the book Library Elf told me was ready for pick up! Granted, I'd hadn't been notified by NYPL itself, so I guess they still need to work out their syncing in the new catalog.
I know it's a narrow line we librarians walk between privacy and access, and that sometimes it's difficult to decide where to draw it.
- Circus Amok season schedule
- Intro to Drupal Session Notes
- OCLC WorldCat Hackathon
- One Web Day
- Over 200 new NYPL card holders
- RNC Welcoming Committee
- [Siva Vaidhyanathan]'s essay on the myth of the "digital generation"
- Taxpayers off the hook for GOP convention lawsuits
- White House DJ Battle
Sadly, while that's true at libraries in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, and while the book release inspired a long wiki post and discussion list brainstorming session, my own branch of NYPL is sadly lacking.