Eric Busboom may not be the kind of guy who comes to mind when you think of a librarian. But maybe he’s what a librarian should be as more of us rely on smartphones and computers to make sense of the world.
“Librarians have a stuffy image,” Busboom told me. “They’re amazingly forward-thinking. They’ve got an incredible service-oriented outlook. They aren’t beholden to books. They tend to think of their jobs as connecting the public to information, whatever that information is.”
But in January, Busboom founded the San Diego Regional Data Library, to “make our social programs, civic groups, and government organizations more effective; our citizens better informed; and our policy makers able to make better decisions,” according to the library’s website.