"Libraries were once a sacred secular space of silence and reverence – a place where one automatically lowered one's voice ... a testament to the self-evident integrity of mankind, the belief that we all desire to find the truth through knowledge ... before libraries became the noisy computer labs they now are, with their jingle of ringtones, clattering keyboards, and unquenchable printers. And we reference librarians had a higher, more dignified calling than merely changing the printer paper."
He offers ideas for restoring the higher calling of knowledge over information.
William H. Wisner has been a librarian for 22 years. He is the author of "Whither the Postmodern Library?"