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We talk about informing people, transferring information, but what we are doing is to bring light to someone.

We do this by providing opportunities for people to learn, interact, read, consider, think, and be inspired.

– Lorcan Dempsey The cost of making something available is in inverse proportion to the cost of obtaining it.

As we gathered recently in Seattle, I was frequently reminded of the 1964 Bob Dylan song that began, “Come gather ‘round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You'll be drenched to the bone.

If your time to you Is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ Or you'll sink like a stone For the times they are a changin’.” So much is happening that is changing the landscape of libraries and librarianship, and it is not limited to collection development, preservation, and technical services.

And the first one now Will later be last For the times they are a changin’.” (1942, Art Institute of Chicago), what strikes you is the way he uses light. It is that high intensity “diner” light that everyone who has ever been in one knows.

It brings your eye directly into the space occupied by the inhabitants of that “diner” environment. Light can focus us on a specific or illuminate the whole.

The temptation among those who are enamored with new technologies is to assume that traditional library skills have no place in the library of the future. Computers are able to do things much faster than human beings ...

but they have less cognitive skill than the average two year old.

There are many activities taking place within ALCTS as revealed in the numerous conference reports.

Here are some highlights from this issue: I extend thanks to the many people who reported on the various events that took place at the Midwinter Meeting.

In listening to our colleagues in RUSA, YALSA, and LAMA, the concerns about whether we will continue to be relevant are consistent and urgent.

If that is the bad news, the good news is that we are the masters of our own fates (at least if we let ourselves take on that role.) A particularly encouraging survey of the intellectual lay of the land was present in the ALCTS pre-conference, “Definitely Digital: An Exploration of the Future of Knowledge on the Occasion of the ALCTS 50th Anniversary.” Herewith are some random thoughts that percolated to the surface in Seattle, mostly from the ALCTS pre-conference but also from some other moments: The structure of libraries will continue to undergo chaotic, continuous change.

We do this through programs, publications, volunteering, and networking.

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