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Boy, I’m glad I stayed in touch with all things library related this weekend. On Saturday 1/9/10, Seth Godin made this post about the future of libraries which then lead to a lot of really great input and discussion from other librarians (I’m thinking about Toby’s post over at ). I highly suggest you read all sides of the story. You’ll get a good look at the passion inside of the modern librarian. I could probably write the never ending blog post on Seth’s initial post but I’ll just focus on one thing I’ve been thinking about over the past day: This particular comment really struck me about my role as a librarian.
"To know Lloyd Dobler is to love him," reads the tagline to Cameron Crowe's Say Anything . The film is considered a modern classic now, but was met with indifference (total gross: $20 million) when it first hit theaters. It wasn't until after its release on home video that it truly took off as a word-of-mouth sensation. Libraries tend to operate the same way. I've been a public librarian for about five years now, and the contrast between our users and our non-users is remarkable. One group consists of diehard fans.
I like Seth Godin. His book Tribes (which I admittedly haven’t read yet) was quite the talk of SLA 2009. I also like his blog , which generally always gives me something to think about and wonder how I can apply to libraries. So when I saw that Mr. Godin – who is not a librarian – actually wrote about libraries, I was really excited to see what he had to say .