Saving Libraries but Not Librarians: BLOWBACK
Good op-ed by the LA Times. In this day and age, even my husband thinks that a librarian can’t help him find what he needs faster than Google can. Despite being unable to find data for projects and papers, he refuses to go to the library. With his dissertation coming up, it’s important that he get over this.
Librarians in an academic environment tend to be specialized in finding obscure information. Larger libraries like big state universities and the Library of Congress have even more staff that are specialized in certain areas of study - economics, history, medical, etc. These are the folks who can get down and find those nitty, gritty details you’ve been looking for. And they WANT to help you find that information. Why? Most likely they already know it and just want to share it with someone. Or they came across once in their wanderings and would be all too happy to point you in the right direction, or even put the book in your hand.
There is nothing that sounds sweeter to a librarian than, “That is what I was looking for.”