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As Director of the Library at the Gannett-Tripp Library at Elmira College, I work with other library personnel and student assistants to ensure that the Elmira College community has access to books, periodicals, non-print media, and electronic resources to meet its information needs. Much of my work involves online subscription databases: reviewing and maintaining subscriptions, collecting and analyzing usage data, and making sure the databases are accessible to users on and off campus.

I recommend library purchases in anthropology, classical studies, criminal justice, human services, languages, philosophy, religion, and sociology. In library instruction sessions in the classroom, I guide students in the use of library resources so they can access and retrieve the information they need.

Over time, information acquisition, management, and delivery have become increasingly and inextricably linked with technology. As technology continues to evolve rapidly, librarians have to stay ahead of those changes and determine how they can be incorporated into doing what we've been doing for millennia--being effective stewards of living repositories of knowledge and information, and providing services to community members that help them use the best tools to retrieve appropriate and accurate information.

When I was studying information science in graduate school...uh, well, uh...quite a few years ago, my fellow students and I were told that print material would be extinct in about 25 years, and that if we were there because we liked books, we'd better think again. Well, even though electronic formats have given traditional publishers and librarians a run for their sustainability, the print medium is still with us. In the midst of this change, I wish we could come up with an alternative to "librarian." I have nothing against books, and I won't hazard any speculation regarding the longevity of print, but I think the title for librarians should reflect the evolution of information trends. "Cybrarian" is great, but it pretty much excludes print, so that won't do. "Information professional" is apt, and it will be my preference until we find something with a little more zing.