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Elegy for librarians: After all the budget cutting’s done, who’ll be around to help us ask the sharper questions?

Houston Chronicle – “If librarians seem distracted these days, you can’t blame them. They’re worried that they’ll lose jobs. As cities, counties, public schools and universities all grapple with recessionary budget cuts, libraries look like low-hanging fruit. In this iEverything age, the thinking goes, books are musty relics. And without books, who needs librarians?

The truth is that we’ve never needed them more. Every day in this city, librarians do important jobs not strictly related to library science. “

2 Responses to “Elegy for librarians: After all the budget cutting’s done, who’ll be around to help us ask the sharper questions?”

  1. Cathy Hatterman`
    March 31, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Well, it seems everyone needs them. People who’ve just economized by dropping online serviice and need to apply for jobs, gamers who want to compete with other games on special game days, singles who want to meet other singles, people who don’t want to purchase every new bestseller (of course), people who want to rent the bestseller on CD-ROM to play in the car on a trip, people who want to rent ebooks befor buying a reader, people who want to research their family history, people with questions about their medical treatment, young families with children looking for Summer activities for free (Summer reading programs, ), and people who want to search on “for pay” databases available and paid for by libraries, and the list goes on, and on and on….and I’m not even a public librarian. All of these activities are free to the public with a library card, and some can even be done after hours on the computer–with the library card. But I’m preaching to the choir, here.

  2. kiman
    April 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    There will always be a need for someone in the libraries to educate about resources but in the long run these matters will bring to front the purpose of the information practioners being there.

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