What is a librarian's role...?
The librarian must play a leading role in helping members of the community find common ground in shared facts. This means we aren't the dispensers of "the facts" but rather the initiators and enablers of the processes that lead to common ground. We partner with others: classroom and subject instructors, skilled facilitators, etc. Our role is essentially educational -- teaching information literacy skills (with a deep understanding of information literacy) to enable community members to evaluate purported facts for themselves; and skills of communication and dialog to interact constructively with others.