Seth Godin’s piece about librarians is pretty scary AND it knells a toll of truth. It certainly encapsulates the shifts within the academic world. What we need to do in order to keep libraries open and relevant might be exactly the same formula for keeping our schools open and relevant: shift the focus. Be accessible where patrons need accessibility. Change with the times. Know what is needed for the future, and embrace it within your organization. Be open. Be ready. Understand that it’s about meeting the needs of the public, of the masses, of the learners.
Anyone else read this? What do you think? Am I drawing too thin a comparison, or is there merit in examining this issue further?