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December 6, 2010 / Christian M.

Librarianship Will Never Die

I just wanted to share an article written by Loretta Gharst, head of Collection & Computing Services at the Calcasieu Parish Public Library.  She addresses the concerns some people have that with all the new developments in technology for libraries, there may be a continuing decrease in the need for human staff. Gharst says “not so,” and explains how technology enhances the librarian’s job, not eliminates it.

The rumored death of librarianship caused by the advent of technology has not, and will not, come to pass. In fact, technology has exponentially increased the librarian’s ability to provide library service. The core of library service is organizing, providing access, and guiding others in the use of materials. Material format changes (handwritten scrolls to printed books to ebooks) and methods change, but the core service roles do not.

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