It’s the type of review that makes an author’s heart sing. The reviewer “gets it.” Plus, there are great suggestions for the second edition. (I know! Talk about a reviewer thinking ahead!)
I, of course, want to post the entire thing. But instead I’ll include this:
Sophie Brookover and Elizabeth Burns’s Pop Goes the Library is part textbook and part manifesto.
And a paragraph that captures the meat of the book:
There is a message, and that message is important, but Brookover and Burns have decided not to dress that message up in theory or historical context. Instead, they focus on combining practical advice with serious fun: Melanie Griffith’s character in Working Girl provides an example of applied research; Angelina Jolie’s transformation from wild child into latter day Mia Farrow illustrates good public relations; and Johnny Cash, David Bowie, martinis, and iPods are listed as celebrities and trends that are Cool (Kenny Chesney, KC & the Sunshine Band, cosmopolitans, and Zunes are Not Cool).
And a paragraph that captures the heart of the book (along with some nice things about our writing style):
If you’re not interested in pop culture, it may be tempting to dismiss the importance of this book’s message or to overlook its ambitiousness. That would be a mistake: Brookover and Burns cover most of the important lessons on librarianship that can be taught in a book: creating a niche; building a collection; using technology; and developing crowd-pleasing programming, among others. As an added bonus, their writing style is as much fun to read as Michael Buckland, S.R. Ranganathan, Jesse Shera, or Elaine Svenonius. (Speaking of pop culture: does anyone know if Elaine is related to Ian?)