Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation Book

Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation Book

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Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation Book

Rory Litwin (compiler), Martin Wallace (editor), Michael Gorman (foreword). Duluth, MN: Library Juice Press, 2009. libraryjuicepress.com. 154 pp. $15.00

Truth-in-reviewing note: I am quoted in this slim volume, as is at least one author of a chapter in a book I edited. That said, this is both an admirable and curious little volume. It is admirable in that, in the words of Michael Gorman, it is "an argument for a particular way of looking at libraries, library work, and the great causes of the library profession-intellectual freedom, literacy, social responsibility, etc." (vii). That it certainly is, and this kind of progressive voice within the profession is too often overlooked, marginalized, or rendered incoherent in the fog of the buzz about the fad of the moment (ischools, Web 3.0, or avatars anyone?). It is admirable for the coherence of its fifteen different sections-from "On Books and Reading" to "Information Control," "On Librarians," "Truth and Lie," and "Secrecy." That good citations to all the quotes are provided (and thus verified), and that there is a solid index should also be acknowledged in a tip of the hat to the editor.

It is a curious book in that many of the "quotes" are quite discursive- essentially a near-page of text. They are good bits, but unexpected, as is the sometimes seemingly-random shifts in font size. There are some of the usual suspects in here-Monty Python on wild animals as librarians, etc. There are some gems too: Page 114's combination of Emma Goldman, Learned Hand, Paulo Freire, and Robert Maynard Hutchins should be copied and taped to many a cubicle. …

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