Dr Steve Matthews:
"The reason libraries are needed is because it is a fundamental right of America’s citizens to have free access to information and knowledge.
I think Jacob had an excellent post! “Make as much information possible to as many people as possible in as many ways as possible.” because something beats nothing all to hell. Too much philosophizing about a library philosophy puts people off the real work that needs doing. Jacob noted that only 20% of ALA members cared enough to vote for their leadership in 2012. I think that’s because those 80% realize that actions speak louder than words.
Stop debating our existence, or lamenting our place in society, and start DOING Librarianship. Our philosophy is nothing more than Jacob implied by stating; “We are agents navigating structures, some of which we helped to create.” We should be DOING librarianship, not debating it. And, lots of 21st Century Libraries already are!"
More of the discussion and links here: http://21stcenturylibrary.com/2012/08/13/why-libraries-are-needed-revisited/