Did you know it's National Library Week? I've been thinking a lot about the Library of Congress. I often just think about it being a beautiful building with tons and tons of awesome things in its collection, or as a place where I used to watch job openings. But do you know what its purpose is, as the de facto national library? Researching inquiries made by Congress through the Congressional Research Service. It's to answer questions from our lawmakers, to get them unbiased information so they can educate themselves and make informed decisions.
Now I have to think: how much better off would the United States as a nation be if we got rid of all the lobbyists and replaced them with librarians? Okay, I'm biased, my background is in library science and I used to run a corporate library. But think about it: your elected representative wants to learn more about an issue: who should he/she ask for more information? A librarian whose love is finding answers and vetting information, or a lobbyist?
The next time you see/hear that pieces of legislation were written not by our senators and congressmen or someone on their staff, but by lobbyists, ask yourself why they were so lazy as to have someone with a paid opinion do it for them when they could have just asked their friendly librarian to put together a broad spectrum of information so that they could write their own informed opinion.
One former librarian's opinion.