Here are two great things to listen to if you have some time and want to be inspired:

Fran Miksa guest lecture March 6, 2006 at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library & Information Science, The Genius of Library Cataloging and its Possible Future (Real Audio, 1 hr 30 min). I had the good fortune to be on campus during this lecture and was blown away. It’s an especially good lecture for folks who fret over the potential demise of cataloging.

Philip Baruth commentary January 28, 2008 on Vermont Public Radio, Libraries and the E-State (link to VPR, choose your own listening format, short). This is an abbreviated version of the bracing speech he gave at Legislative Day for Vermont’s Public Libraries. It was fantastic.