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It is always interesting to read about libraries and librarians when the writer comes from outside the library environment. I have just come across the December 2007 issue of the Canadian University Affairs. It contains an article intriguingly entitled The new librarians.
A new class of librarians is emerging: forward-thinking men and women, attuned to the revolutionary trends affecting academic libraries, are leading the charge for change. These tech-savvy librarians are plugged into the needs of a new generation and adapting their services to keep libraries relevant and valuable. [The new librarians]
It was refreshing to read something so positive about libraries in such a publication, and, although not a very rounded view of libraries (or librarians: the profiles are all of men) it usefully emphasized some new directions for the readership. Worth a look.