"A Shush of Librarians." British Medical Journal / Gillian M. Pentelow.
London: Retrieved via PubMed 2010, (21:1) 1055-57 ©1949.
"In other words, the question for scholars and gatekeepers is not whether change is coming. It is whether they will be among the change-makers. And if not them, then who? Who else will ensure long-term conservation and search abilities that are compatible across the bibliome and over time? Who else will ensure equality of access? Ultimately, this is not a challenge of technology, finances, or ultimately even laws, difficult though they are. It is a challenge of will and imagination."
"Let's give the last word to someone who has a secret ambition to be a librarian, but whose career went in a different direction. No less an authority than Keith Richards put it best in his forthcoming autobiography: "When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser."
"The library of my youth...was a tomb of peace, where the only sounds were shuffles, whispers and the occasional shush — delivered with an index finger crossing the lips of a bespectacled, cardigan-wearing librarian. These days...I have to play an MP3 file in a loop — a sound bite of a hair dryer blasting between my ears — because without the white noise, I would not be able to think straight. The theme of National Library Week, which begins on Sunday, is “Communities Thrive @ Your Library.” I have no problem with that. I just wish they would thrive more quietly. When did libraries become a cacophonous combination of cafe, video store, music store, computer lab and playground?"
"She is in her element in the library. “This is my dream job and I didn’t know it growing up,” she said, flashing her easy smile. “I love what I do.”
"Students do not know how to find or evaluate the information they need on the Internet. In a recent study of fifth grade students in the Netherlands, most never questioned the credibility of a Web site, even though they had just completed a course on information literacy.....Without a dedicated guide, they end up, in the words of professor Dr Henry Jenkins, as "feral children of the Internet raised by the Web 2.0 wolves."