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Free for All by Don Borchert
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Apr 13, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: adult, non-fiction
Recommended for: anyone who works in a library or ever wondered what it would be like to work in one
Read in April, 2008

The book is told from the point of view of the author, Don Borchert, who is a library assistant at a California public library. Each chapter focuses on either a different aspect of the library world, a different issue a library may face, or a different staff position. There didn't seem to be too much of an order to the chapters, it just kind of jumped from one topic to another, which I didn't mind at all. Some of the stories are funny, some are heart-wrenching, and others are just plain aggravating (more so if you work in a library). I think the author did a great job of sharing the stories with a nice conversational tone, and added his opinion or a bit of background information when appropriate.

While not all of the stories may apply to every library, it was interesting to see what it's like at a different one than you either go to or work at.
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