Are librarians still necessary?

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:45 pm by sblasister

“Sadly, there remain librarians who stand stalwartly at the gates guarding the information, seemingly oblivious to the fact that the walls and fences are gone.”     David F. Warlick

This is a new age of information.  There is a plethora of free-flowing information at all times from many different sources.  The Internet is constantly growing and changing and cannot be contained.  It makes no sense to try to control who can access what information, only HOW to harness what is important and most relevant to the seeker’s needs.  Librarians still play an important role in this.  They may no longer be in charge of obtaining and releasing the information to others, but maintain the role of guiding information seekers to what they need.  With the tidal wave of information available, it can be very overwhelming to users to find what they need.  Librarians are instrumental to helping seekers locate, evaluate, and analyze their information sources now more than ever.

Check out this great article regarding these changing roles at The Huffington Post by Steve Haber:

The Changing Role of Libraries in the Digital Age http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-haber/the-changing-role-of-libr_b_803722.html

In this 2013 article by Holly Korbey, she also explores librarians changing, but important role in present and future years.

In the Digital Age, What Becomes of the Library? http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/05/in-the-digital-age-what-becomes-of-the-library/

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