One of the seldom-mentioned advantages of being a librarian is, at least for the author, one of the more surprising: Unlike many other experts and professionals, they have long known that their fundamental service role is up for grabs. They know this because they compete with many other types of information managers to offer services. Their canonical literature captures both the excitement and anxiety of continuous change and competition, from the 19th century through the dot-com years and into today's Big Data revolution. And the pace of change has accelerated beyond all imagination, as evidenced in this tech-focused issue of CIL. But not everything has changed. They will always have Luddites, atavistic dependence on past technologies by all sorts of important people, and politically motivated speech about new technology's promise. These forces have long shaped professional life. They also affect emerging technologies.
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