For immediate release | June 8, 2010

50 delightful lists for librarians

CHICAGO--ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “The Librarian's Book of Lists,” by George M. Eberhart. After years spent editing American Libraries and the many editions of “The Whole Library Handbook,” Eberhart has collected a raft of arcane librariana and amusing trivia for this endlessly browsable volume. A beguiling mixture of serious topics, tongue-in-cheek items and outright silliness makes it 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
  • six library-related birdsongs
  • Top 12 silly reasons to ban a book

Eberhart is editor of the American Libraries Direct e-newsletter for the American Library Association. He has been with American Libraries magazine since 1996. From 1980 to 1990 he was editor of College and Research Libraries News, the news magazine of ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries.

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Rob Christopher