Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Are libraries relevant?

Thank you, Annoyed Librarian!! Just when I start to think that I'm the only librarian who thinks that most librarians have their priorities out of whack, you come along with something brilliant:
This debate is similar to all the guff about how we have to bend over and grab our ankles to make libraries "relevant" to people. Libraries are relevant or they're not. The people care, or they don't. If people don't want what libraries provide, then libraries will go away, but that's more of a problem for the librarians than it is for the people. What if all "information" was available for free online, search engines had perfected search, "information literacy" was universal, and computers and Internet access were available to all? If that happens, public libraries will probably be unnecessary for the most part. Is that a problem for the people, or for the librarians?
I really could not have said it any better. Truly.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


I would just like to make a prediction.

I am currently reading The Cider House Rules by John Irving and I am sure I can see the big cathartic moment in the novel, even though I am only on chapter 5.

To be fair, I have seen snippets of the movie version, but not the whole thing. So I know that Homer Wells will ultimately assume Dr. Larch's responsibilities at the orphanage. However, I just got to the part where Homer declares that while he respects Dr. Larch's decision to perform abortions, he will never perform one himself.

So here's my prediction: Homer will leave the orphanage and go to school or work or something and meet and fall in love with a girl. The girl loves Homer -- but only as a friend. They are inseparable until the girl meets some rich guy who she loves, but he's really a jerk. So the girl ends up pregnant and begs Homer for an abortion and Homer has a huge internal conflict. He doesn't want to perform and abortion, but he does for the girl he loves, even though she rejects him. He is devastated and heads back to St. Cloud's and takes over for Dr. Larch.

We'll see if I'm right....

The future of library cards

I wonder how long it will be for the flap to get out about this.