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One of my teachers sent this quote to me today. Sometimes we take for
granted the great strides librarians have taken in the last 10-15 years.
This reminder made me proud of our profession.

"If you had told people a decade ago that card catalogs would virtually
disappear within ten years and would be replaced by our current
information-management systems, they would not have believed you. Librarians
have been the real heroes of the digital revolution in higher education.
They are the ones who have seen the farthest, done the most, accepted the
hardest challenges, and demonstrated most clearly the benefits of digital
information. In the process, they have turned their own field upside down
and have revolutionized their professional training. It is testimony to
their success that we take their achievement-and their
information-management systems-for granted."

Quoted from: The Academic Culture and the IT Culture: Their Effect on
Teaching and
Scholarship By Edward L. Ayers EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 39, no. 6 (Nov/Dec
2004): 48-62.
Edward L. Ayers is Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences and is Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History at the University of

Gayle Lawrence
Charles Page High School
Sand Springs, OK

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