Just came across this article, written by the Director General of the National Library of Australia, Jan Fullerton. She says that libraries are more important than ever before and that the role of the TL is equally as important.
“Libraries do still have a large amount of social value and it will take a very long time for everything to be digitised anyway, it will go on for centuries. And there will still be a need for a place to store it.”
Moreover, the role of the librarian is still relevant in the 21st century. “They’re mediators, they help people, they point out directions. Librarians are still critically important, and while the physical space might be less so, there’s always a need for someone to show the way, to tell people, to let them think in different ways.”