The librarian

I read The Librarian, a novel from Larry Beinhart, a few weeks ago. I have used it in external presentations [ppt] and also used the concept of 'fog facts' (see below) in internal presentations. I have been surprised not to have seen much mention of it more widely. Well, it has now been reviewed in today's NYT by somebody who does not seem to see much future for libraries!

POOR librarians. Soon, no doubt, to go the way of blacksmiths and town criers, their chosen field made obsolete by Internet search engines and self-perpetuating electronic databases. But first, one last hurrah, in Larry Beinhart's raucous new novel, "The Librarian," in which a Dewey decimal doofus holds in his hands nothing less than the fate of the free world. [The New York Times > Books > Sunday Book Review > 'The Librarian': The Fog of Facts]
On fog facts:
"In the information age there is so much information that sorting and focus and giving the appropriate weight to anything have become incredibly difficult. Then some fact, or event, or factoid mysteriously captures the world's attention and there's a media frenzy. Like Clinton and Lewinsky. Like O. J. Simpson. And everybody in the world knows everything about it. On the flip side are the Fog Facts, important things that nobody seems able to focus on any more than they can focus on a single droplet in the mist. They are known, but not known." [The New York Times > Books > Sunday Book Review > 'The Librarian': The Fog of Facts]
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