Techdirt provides one perspective on the increasing trend towards downsizing or even eliminating reference/research librarians altogether.
Most recently, the WSJ has announced that it has gotten rid of its two research librarians for good. Now, reporters will have to do their own research because of the abundance and simplicity of the tools that are now available onlilne.
I do realize that times are tough and that belts do need to be tightened, especially in the newspaper industry. However, when you remove a core element that helps create validity for an entire industry, I begin to worry about the direction other papers will take on seeing this decision. Not that they wouldn’t do it anyway. But the seeming lack of concern for credibility in a profession that depends on getting the facts exactly right (okay, minus the tabloids — but I think they’re strangely in less danger than the big guys) makes me wonder if I got into the wrong gig after all.
But alas — never fear — I could always snag one of the Annoyed Librarian’s “Jobs that Suck.” Whoopeee!