Alexis M Waide

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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.


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