This morning I finished reading Marilyn Johnson's This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All. A quick and fun read that will make you rethink libraries and librarians.
Are any of you familiar with the game Second Life? It's a 3-D virtual world where the player interact and create virtual selves and worlds. In reading Johnson's book, I learned about how librarians have avatars in the game and have actually set up libraries in the game. The provide information about the game itself, and also create themed libraries that include links to on-line resources. For example, if you go to a Lincoln themed library (in this virtual world), you might be able to click on a stack of books and get linked to documents that Lincoln wrote.
This book is also a good reminder information is power and that that the access to information should be democratic in nature. Also, the way information is accessed these days changes. Librarians are our first line of defense in making sure the information remains accessible, that we have some level of anonymity when we use it and, yes, librarians are still needed! Consider checking it out next time you go to the library.
Next up is Mary Roach's Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. I've been a fan of shows that deal with death or handling the deceased. I loved Six Feet Under and I used to watch that show Family Plots that followed a family that worked in a funeral home in Poway. The autopsy scenes in CSI (no matter how fake) are also interesting to me. Needless to say, the cover of a pair feet with a toe tag intrigued me.