Why librarians are (still) necessary
I came across this quote today while perusing various library job listservs and RSS Feeds and really like it:
“The librarian isn’t a clerk who happens to work at a library. A librarian is a data hound, a guide, a sherpa and a teacher. The librarian is the interface between reams of data and the untrained but motivated user.”
‐Seth Godin, The Future of the Library, May 2011
I came across it in a bulletin from the Mid-Hudson Library System but it originally came from Seth Godin’s blog. He’s written several best-selling books on marketing, leadership and change. I came across them a lot when I worked in a bookstore but was never particularly interested; perhaps I’ll have to read some in my new life as a librarian.