“We’ve gone from looking at a desert, in which a librarian had to walk into the desert for you and come back with a huge lump of gold, to… this huge jungle, in which what you want is one apple. And at that point, the librarian can walk into the jungle and come back with the apple.”
Such was author Neil Gaiman’s argument against discounting the changing – yet continuing – importance of librarians. Nowadays, there is so much information available online that it is sometimes difficult to tell whether the information is accurate and applicable. Though libraries are struggling for fair deals from publishers and funding from local government, it is clear that librarians can still benefit the modern population with their expertise in sorting through information.