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Librarians in the U.S. from 1880-2009
Brian Herzog: "That’s interesting – I had chalked up fewer librarians to wave after wave of budget cuts and hiring freezes. I know people sometimes ask, “we have the internet now, why do we need librarians?” but aside from factual reference questions, my library is still as busy as ever. Our Town Hall has never said, “your stats are down, so you don’t need as many employees” – instead, they’ve said, “every town department is being cut 5%, and probably more next year.” Maybe that is why I hadn’t drawn a direct correlation between the loss of jobs and the rise of the internet – nor that the decrease in jobs would stabilize once we find our information age niche. "