"For all the concern expressed about the imminent demise of the college library, there may never have been a time when librarians seemed more vital, forward-thinking — even edgy — than they do now." So begins this article that uses two recent books — Marilyn Johnson’s This Book Is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All and Robert Darnton’s The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future — as springboards for discussing the need for librarians in today’s world. Here are two snippets.
• [M]ore than any other class of professionals in higher education, librarians possess a comprehensive understanding of the scholarly ecosystem. They know what’s going on across the disciplines, among professors and administrators as well as students. No less important, they are often the most informed people when it comes to technological change — its limits as well as its advantages.
• In my experience, librarians almost always pass the beer test: They are among the most likeable people you’ll find at any college. They have the intellectual curiosity of academics without the aloofness and attitude often displayed by professors.