General term to describe a library worker. A librarian is traditionally one who collects, catalogs and makes materials (usually books) available for library patrons. Presently, due to the increased popularity of alternative "information sources" (primarily the Internet
), one can sense an inferiority complex within the profession as a whole. Because of these feelings of inadequacy, librarians are facing a collective identity crisis, trying to redefine their place in light of the more sophisticated information world. A modern definition that all can agree on has yet to be found. In reality however, the librarian is a breed dying at the hand's of technological Darwinism
. Most librarians will vehemently deny this truth, arguing that, basically, the general populace is lost and greatly inconvenienced without their help. Time will certainly show us otherwise.
See librarian catalog. See librarian at the reference desk.