No, I don’t mean librarians will become extinct and die off. On the contrary, I believe the work that librarians are doing now will be around till the end of time. What I meant was the title of “Librarian” is slowly dying a natural death.
In a recent Washington Post article, a high school librarian looks at the changes in our industry.
Instead of the title of “Librarian”, we are starting to be called media and information specialists or librarian technologists. Even in the course of getting our higher education in Library Science, the emphasis is also on the use of technology. What happened to the concept of teaching children to read? For me, though I’m a huge of technology and stuff, I still make sure my son learns to read through books. I’m sure by teaching him to love to read, he’ll definitely be able to pick up all the techie stuff in future because of his ability to read. But it might not apply the other way.
And I love this quote that a student gave the writer when he tried to promote a title that had both a book and a DVD:
“I think I’ll watch the DVD,” the student said.