Not in My Library!: Berman's Bag Columns from the Unabashed Librarian, 2000-2013


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About the Author

Famed librarian Sanford Berman as written several books and numerous shorter works ("provocative"--Library Journal. He is the recipient of an American Library Association Honorary Membership (2004) and the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award (1996), and was named Minnesota Librarian of the Year in 1977.


"McFarland & Company has done a valuable service for librarianship and academia by bringing Berman's work to a larger audience than that of The Unabashed Librarian readership"--Journal of Information Ethics; "recommended...essential"--Australian Library Journal; "fascinating"--Canadian Library Association; "of value...excellent"--ARBA; "Berman's incredible, lifelong commitment to people-oriented librarianship shines through every page"--The Moral Atheist; "fascinating"--Feliciter; "In a world longing for heroes, let's pay tribute to Sandy"--Bill Katz (1988); "Like a modern-day Diogenes, Sandy seeks honest librarians and where he does not find them, calls them to task. Good thing his humor is as great as his outrage at the shoddy, the biased, the incomprehensible"--James P. Danky, coeditor (with Sandy), Alternative Library Literature, 1982-2001; "The indefatigable Sandy is, right now, campaigning for LC to add the subject headings stop-and-frisk, wage theft, and drone warfare"--Tina Gross, Minnesota librarian, writer and activist; "Sandy Berman is one of the most original and interesting thinkers in the library field. Anything he writes--I want to read!"--Patricia Glass Schuman, cofounder Neal-Schuman, former ALA president; "Known as an advocate for the disadvantaged, the minority, the isolated, Sandy is much more--faithful custodian of the intellectual commons that the public library must be if our democracy is to survive"--James Chaffee, San Francisco library advocate; "Sandy has the passion of a revolutionary. His righteous indignation is all the more endearing for the pomposity of his targets"--James V. Carmichael, Jr., LIS professor, UNC Greensboro; "Sandy Berman is fire for the mind. Along with heat and light, he brings unchained intelligence and a passion for justice. He's readable, he's revolutionary, and, by golly, he's right!"--Rosalie Maggio, How to Say It author; "Sandy Berman is the biggest mensch in librarianship. He is fiercely brilliant and critical, but just as strongly warm and generous"--Jenna Freedman, research & zine librarian, Barnard; "Indulge yourself in a marathon binge. Where else are you going to find cover-to-cover unadulterated library opinion? Just askin'!"--Toni Samek, LIS professor, University of Alberta; "For more than half a century, Sandy Berman has radicalized librarianship, improved cataloging, admonished the Library of Congress, stimulated peers, and published hundreds of scholarly works. Thank goodness!"--Robert Hauptman, editor, Journal of Information Ethics; "We live in difficult times, but Sandy's optimism and faith gives us all hope for the future of libraries"--Earl Lee, technical services, Pittsburg State University; "Our leading missionary, revolutionary, irritant and inspiration"--Eric Moon (1993).