Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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January 2008


Published in Government Information Quarterly (2008) doi:10.1016/j.giq.2007.04.011 Copyright © 2007 Elsevier Inc. Used by permission.


Marcel Proust wrote “What we call our future is the shadow that our past projects in front of us.” For the federal documents universe, this is only partially correct. We should attend more to how it has felt to be documents librarians, instead of trying to reconcile the past with all those wishful digital delivery monologues. A lack of courage on our part now—or relying solely upon that handy silhouette—will jeopardize the prospect of tomorrow's federal documents and their use. That absence of daring, or the use of that crutch, will guarantee that whatever results we are handed in our silence will be precisely what we deserve.