Journalist cites librarians’ memories

solidstate writes “A journalist for The Economist with decades of service, Barbara Smith, recently retired, relates her memories writing for the publication. The piece centers on other journalists, her foreign assignments, working in the field as a woman and mother, and politics at the publication. In paragraph five, however, she speaks of research and librarians: “We had a wire service, and a handful of British newspapers, but in those economical, pre-web days we foreigners really couldn’t do much research, relying instead on instinct and the fabulous memories of our librarians (dear reader, fear not, that was then, and now is now).” Alas, she does not mention how research is conducted at present, leaving her readers to wonder if the librarians of today possess the same memory retention skills as those from 1956.”