It's hard to think about the future of libraries, even worse when you think about the future of education. At times it feels like we're on runaway train that's about to jump the track into the void of obsolescence. Discussing this in class, it's hard to not get weighed down by the discussion of the future, the job market, the increasing lack of respect for the profession, and the general state of the world of education; on the other hand, it gives us the opportunity and the impetus for change. Yes, a petition to the president asking him to support quality school libraries seems ridiculous, but then I look at the Arab spring we just had, where Twitter was a key component in overthrowing corrupt governments (let us not dwell on the fact that they may have been replaced by equally corrupt governments). The fact is that we are not the only ones feeling inadequate. Educators in general are feeling overwhelmed and under-appreciated and, at least in this country, we are rapidly moving towards the breaking point. These feelings, according to incidental research done by talking to friends and looking at my Facebook feed, are not just in the education field either. The change in the world that has occurred in the past decade alone blows my mind.
I'm going back to David Lankes the so-called "new librarianship", which views our situation as one of opportunity as opposed to obsolescence. Our circumstances are not going to change; we are always going to need to fight for our roles to be recognized. What we can change is our attitude.