When “Library” Is Not an Action but an Old Building
"Now,I am sure that libraries are not going to close up shop anytime soon,but I do think that there is cause for concern by those of us who hope to work in this profession for the coming decades. This concern was captured by Rick Anderson in his editorial when he said,“Eventually the term ‘library’ becomes an honorific attached to a building,rather than a meaningful designation for what happens inside it” (p. 290) For us,we offer services that we believe complement each other and provide a range of support for researchers. But,our patrons do not necessarily see it this way. As Anderson also said,“Value that is not valued is not valuable” (p. 289). Obviously,it is on our shoulders to continue to advocate and reinvent libraries to better serve our users. But,frankly,that’s what I feel like I’ve been doing for the last decade."