Today’s Librarian: Hip, Delusional, and Doomed
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on September 6, 2009 - 12:04pm
"The response of some librarians to the digital revolution is described by CNN.com as follows: “Some wear tattoos, piercings and dress like they belong on the streets of Brooklyn instead of behind bookshelves. They’re also trying on new titles. Instead of librarians, they’re ‘information specialists’ or ‘information scientists.’ “ Frankly, I don’t care if my librarian “wears” tattoos or piercings, though the poor choice of verb is an inadvertent indicator of the superficiality of the gesture, and I don’t care if they call themselves “librarians,” “information scientists” or “corporeal data facilitators.” What I care about is if my librarian is helping, in his or her small way, to maintain our culture and our civilization, or whether he or she is acquiescing, in a limp and laughable way, to its degradation."