The Librarian's Book of Lists

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$13.00
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$ 11.70
Item Number: 
978-0-8389-1063-4
Published: 
2010
Publisher: 
ALA Editions
Pages: 
128
Width: 
5"
Height: 
7 12"
Format: 
Softcover
  • Description
  • Table of Contents
  • About the Author
  • Reviews

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.


Introduction
1. Five Things That Make a Library
2. Eight Past Predictions about Libraries and Information in the Future
3. Three Rules of the Librarians of Time and Space
4. Ten Suggestions for a Library-Related Ben and Jerry's Flavor
5. Ten Gifts for Your Librarian Friends
6. Ten Things Microsoft's "Ms. Dewey" Used to Say
7. The Seattle Books Examiner's Top Twenty Things Librarians in Public Libraries Wish Patrons Knew or Did
8. The Swiss Army Librarian's Top Ten Pet Peeves about Patrons
9. Ten Commandments for Borrowers of Books
10. Six Birds That Make Library-Related Sounds
11. Larry Nix's Top Ten Libraries on Postage Stamps
12. Fifteen Favorite Library Postcards
13. Top Ten Library Blogs
14. Top Sixteen Book Blogs
15. Top Sixty Subject Blogs and News Sources
16. Norman Stevens's Ten Best Children's Picture Books That Feature Libraries and Librarians
17. Ten Librarians in Adult Fiction
18. Twenty-five Offbeat Book Titles
19. Martha Spear's Top Ten Reasons to Be a Librarian
20. Scott Douglas's Ten Reasons to Be (and Not to Be) a Librarian
21. Top Ten Ways to Make Sure Potential Applicants for Your Library Job Are Turned Off by Your Ad
22. Ten Recruitment Vows for Librarians
23. Roy Tennant's Top Ten Things Library Administrators Should Know about Technology
24. Leigh Anne Vrabel's Ten Things to Do When You Are a Library Director
25. Jenny Levine's Mind-Set List for Library School Students
26. Sean Fitzpatrick's Seven Cool Tools That Librarians Should Know About
27. Key Dates in American Library History
28. Five Movies with the Worst Librarian Stereotypes
29. Five Movies with Librarian Role Models
30. Three TV Shows with Librarians
31. Twelve Librarians Who Came Back to Haunt
32. Top Fifteen Books about Real Librarians
33. Twelve Librarians Who Were Poets
34. Fourteen Ways Public Libraries Are Good for the Country
35. Ranganathan's Five Laws of Library Science (Updated)
36. Michael Gorman's Revised Laws of Library Science
37. John Cotton Dana's Twelve Rules for Reading
38. Top Twenty-five Largest Libraries in North America
39. Ten Unusual Rare-Book Genres
40. Ten Book Curses
41. Ten Intriguing Paper Defects
42. Stephen Leary's Top Ten Ways to Exit a Library
43. Booklist Editors' Best American Fiction, 1980–2005
44. Top Ten Challenged Books, 1990–2000
45. Other Challenged Books, 2001–2009
46. Top Twelve Silly Reasons to Ban a Book
47. Ten Most Popular ALA Celebrity READ Posters
48. What to Do When the Media Calls
49. How to Say "Where Is the Library?" in Fifty Languages
50. Top Ten Library Music Videos

George M. Eberhart

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.

"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