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As national security issues increase, librarians find themselves in the role of guardians of patrons’ privacy. Plus: don’t assume that online research is better; and, at the same time that librarians bill more and perform more complex roles, their space for books and files is shrinking.
Privacy by the Book The confidentiality of our reading habits as library consumers has actually strengthened in the past 25 years. Despite this protection, librarians have come increasingly under fire as protectors of their patrons’ privacy under these confidentiality laws. by William F. ZieskeThe Joy of Paper and Ink In this electronic age it’s natural to sometimes assume that all answers are now at our fingertips via a keyboard. By not fully using print research, researchers are missing out on a wealth of valuable resources. by Anne V. EllisEmpowered Librarians In just a few years, law firm librarians have gone from endangered species to empowered employees. Not long ago, budget cuts and the looming threat from electronic research imperiled their jobs. But through a little bit of ingenuity (and a little bit of lobbying), librarians have expanded their roles, and their importance, within their firms. by Alan Cohen

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