I’m no good with debates about the “future of libraries” and whether or not librarianship is a profession. My eyes start to glaze over when there are arguments about whether or not librarians should be registered like lawyers and health professionals. I’m probably a naive, “cock-eyed optimist” but I think there will be libraries, books and librarians for a long while yet… though we may have to evolve a bit to survive. (Personally I should like a prehensile tail).
I did however, like this post by Kim Leeder particularly this quote:
Isn’t it true, in the end, that our real work is more about values than tasks?
And that greatest value of all, even beyond any document compiled by any professional association: Knowledge, with a capital “K.” I see no work in librarianship more real than the collection, protection, and dissemination of Knowledge, and the empowerment of others in means to acquire it. Although libraries historically were more about hoarding Knowledge than sharing it, our work has not otherwise changed much over the millennia. The internet, while making information more widely available, has simultaneously obscured true Knowledge and increased the importance of our real work.
I think I like this because I want to have a values-base to my work life. The biggest buzz of all (speaking in terms of my work) is that moment where I see someone make the connection between what they were looking for and what they have found.