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Some Things to Think About

Video created by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod.

What can I say about this video that hasn’t already been said in more eloquent terms. To some of us this may be stating the obvious. To others the facts presented may seem a bit unbelievable. When asked what the agenda was and what the message was, I looked at it in two ways.

One; the world is changing at an alarming speed. Countries which weren’t “big time” players in economics, education, and technology are now becoming contenders in the markets. In the same vein, the speed of technological advancement is shortening the division of technological comfort to at best one generation, if not within generations. By that I mean, that users are adapting to new technologies faster than in previous times.

Two; the amount of information created each day continues to grow exponentially. For the world to make use of any of this information, someone needs to organize, or at least steer users to what they are looking for. With all this information floating around us in the digital ether, it is high time a new generation of librarians take up the wheel and steer some of this digital convoy. There will still be books, and there will still be many who believe all this digital malarkey will fizzle away; but the truth is the world is shifting around us.

To quote Ferris Bueller (forgive me for the pop-culture reference),

Life goes by pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

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