"A rise in a young, library-chic subculture on blogs and on Twitter is putting a new face on this changing role, said Linda C. Smith, president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education.
Some wear tattoos, piercings and dress like they belong on the streets of Brooklyn instead of behind bookshelves."
It is true that libraries are much different than when I was younger. I doubt our son will ever need to use a card catalog, nor will he bother reference librarians with scavenger hunt questions about presidents, etc. that google can answer in 3 seconds. Will he ever need to use the microfiche machine? We thought those things were state-of-the-art. On the other hand, a library is still, for us, a place for books. To pull them off the shelves, turn the pages, roam the stacks eyeing the bindings, and walk around inhaling the book smell... I can't imagine that changing. Or at least, I don't want to.