George M. Eberhart is senior editor of American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association. He served for ten years (1980-1990) as editor of College & Research Libraries News, the news magazine of ALA's Association of College & Research Libraries, and still writes the "New Publications" column for it. He has compiled three book-length bibliographies on UFOs and other scientific anomalies, and is a frequent contributor to Postcard Collector magazine. Eberhart holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and an M.L.S. from the University of Chicago.
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After years spent editing American Libraries and the many editions of The Whole Library Handbook, George Eberhart has collected a raft of arcane librariana and amusing trivia for this endlessly browsable volume. Equally suitable for the reference shelf and the staff lounge, the dozens of wide-ranging lists in this book include
- 14 ways libraries are good for the country
- How to say "Where is the library?" in 50 different languages
- 10 intriguing paper defects
- 6 library-related birdsongs
- Top 12 silly reasons to ban a book
The mixture of serious topics, tongue-in-cheek items, and outright silliness provides something to please everyone familiar with libraries, making a fun read and a wonderful gift.
1. Five Things That Make a Library
"It's always nice when you have a secret bright idea and never do anything about it and then see someone you know and respect doing something totally awesome with it ... I'd always liked the idea of doing a librarian's book of lists. And now George Eberhart – also the author of The Guide to Cryptozoology – has done just that!"
--Jessamyn West, librarian.net
"Filled with library trivia, history, and information, this is an enjoyable read for anyone who loves libraries."
--Reference & Research Book News