Too bad for this writer, but librarians and libraries based on paper books are already obsolete dinosaurs living off the public dole like welfare queens. In the age of the Internet, they are nothing but a waste, sorry. What is a master’s degree in “library science” anyway? Something that belongs in the trash can of er, history. If the money wasted on libraries were spent on improving Internet access to the public and, in cases of digitized books that require payment, subsidizing access, society would be farther ahead. Books belong with antiquarians and collectors, not serious scholars trying to get at the info. in them, which should be powered by electronic search.
The humanities are dying because the obsolete retro featherbedded union shop university system has made them impossibly expensive, which is too bad for them as the awesome power of the Internet promises to replace them completely for peanuts, no matter how hard they try to stay in power. Everybody with access to the Net has the power to teach themselves all the humanities they need, if they just take the time and steer clear of the you know what. Take history for instance: