The library world is abuzz after Seth Godin's blog today on The Future of the Library.
There were many responses from librarians as well as Joyce Valenza in SLJ. This is is the email that I sent him:
"I am disappointed about some of the things in your blog, and I've read all of your books and quote from them at library presentations and blogs! You will certainly receive many responses from librarians which I am, a school librarian.
"Only after that did we invent the librarian." What about Eratosthenes, third century B.C.? Not only did he understand the importance of information, he also created new knowledge.
That's who we strive to be today.
"The next library is a place, still. A place where people come together to do co-working and coordinate and invent projects worth working on together."
Sorry, that's not the next library, that's what today's library strives to do. No wonder we don't get much support and are nonexistent in federal initiatives when people have this misunderstanding.
"There are one thousand things that could be done in a place like this, all built around one mission: take the world of data, combine it with the people in this community and create value."
"We need librarians more than we ever did. What we don't need are mere clerks who guard dead paper. Librarians are too important to be a dwindling voice in our culture. For the right librarian, this is the chance of a lifetime."
I agree. This is an exciting time to be a librarian. It is a time for intellectual freedom, equal access to information & ideas, a time to "think, create, share, grow." (our AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner)
"The library is a house for the librarian."
Today's library strives to give 24/7 access to information, ideas and reading in a variety of formats. It is not a house for the librarian, it is a learning community for ALL in a physical, library space and cyberspace. Some call it a Learning Commons.