Wikipedia and the huge databanks of information have basically eliminated the library as the best resource for anyone doing amateur research (grade school, middle school, even undergrad). Is there any doubt that online resources will get better and cheaper as the years go by? Kids don’t schlep to the library to use an out-of-date encyclopedia to do a report on FDR. You might want them to, but they won’t unless coerced.

They need a librarian more than ever (to figure out creative ways to find and use data). They need a library not at all.
— Seth Godin (Stop Stealing Dreams)

I resonate with this quote a lot. We live in a world where information is accessible to everyone. This is obvious. But what is not obvious is how to find the information I need from the clutter of everything I don't. It is like mining.  When we find the authentic bits, we need to preserve it and share it.

In the connection and information economy, we need to teach our children how to discover information that is authentic. We need to build those tools. 

In fact, I believe each of us should be curators of information but we can't. Unfortunately not all of us question our sources. Not all of us has challenge the status quo. Not all of us dig deeper. In that case, how are we able to teach that to our children? So does the destiny of our children and future society depend on those few parents and teachers who have the skills and guts? Unfortunately, I feel the answer will be yes, at least for the near term.

So, new age librarians are important. They are people who have the skills to curate the web. They have the skills to build the tools to curate the web. They have the skills to teach everyone to curate the web. If you have such skills, the society needs you more than ever. Our children need you. And, we are counting on you on you to show up, and reveal yourself. We are counting on you to take the problem head on.

Some (startup) schools are tackling this. But, they are few and they are costly. We can easily scale this if us, those with skills, start caring more, and show up.