The Children's Literature Web Guide
In recent years, we librarians have been doing a lot of thinking about our role in the new electronic information environment. Traditionally, our role has been to organize information, and guide readers and researchers to the resources they need (Yes, that is what we were doing. The shushing and wearing of ugly cardigans were just extra perks of the job). In the new electronic environment, are librarians unnecessary? Can we be replaced by computers? I don't think so. Internet search engines are becoming more and more powerful, but ironically, the more information they retrieve, the more users see the need for some organizing force to make sense of it all. And that is what librarians do!"