Check it Out: Check out library, book on librarians



In case you haven’t heard, today is a very special day. Why? The grand opening of the new Vancouver Community Library is from 1 to 6 p.m. today.

After many years of planning and almost two years of construction, we’re ready to open the doors to the community. With five floors, the new library offers plenty to see and do.

In honor of this momentous occasion, I recommend reading Marilyn Johnson’s “This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All.” Dispelling many of the stereotypes associated with librarians, Johnson digs a little deeper and reveals some pretty fascinating information about today’s professionals.

Not surprisingly, 21st century librarians need to be open to and adept with a wide variety of technologies. While the term “digital divide” might be overused these days, it’s reassuring to know that my profession is on the forefront of helping others to bridge that socio-economic divide.

You’ll also find out that we’re information junkies, defenders of constitutional rights, story-time mavens and, of course, unabashed bibliophiles.

So, please consider reading this engaging title about one of my favorite professions. And if you’re out and about today, stop by the new library to take part in the exciting grand opening festivities.

As I like to say, check us out!

Jan Johnston is the collection development coordinator for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. Email her at She blogs at