From the Editor: Change Must Be Served

Barry Trott


As I write this column in April, it is National Poetry Month, and I have been reading a lot of poems, old and new. I came across Ruth Lechlitner’s 1938 poem “Change Must Be Served,” in which she says, “They who fear change nest in the now-moment.”1 There is a lot of change going on in our world, in our communities, and in our libraries, and it becomes very easy to do just what Lechlitner describes. We often find it easier to turn away from the relentless and difficult questions that these changes raise than to reflect on what they mean for us as librarians and as members of a community.

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