The Atlas of New Librarianship suggests that this is not the first time that libraries have evolved. The example of libraries changing their role from Alexandria to the first free public library in Philadelphia shows that libraries are not static and either are librarians. Part of the reason I choose to pursue Library Science was because I've always enjoyed learning and rather than spending seven years in school trying to get a Phd, I could assist others in learning through the library. I didn't realize that librarians had such an active role, I always assumed a librarian took on a much more passive one. One that helped the individual as needed, but one that did not openly engage the community.
After doing the reading it became apparent that the ways in which librarians serve the community is a central concept to new librarianship. That libraries are a place of knowledge creation rather than just a collection space is crucial to the emerging worldview of libraries. As communities continue to change, it is the libraries responsibility to remain a viable asset to that community. This can only be achieved if both the community and the library agree to the social compact that exists between them.
I have only been in the iSchool for a week and already my perviously held views of librarianship have been proven wrong. The library is many things and has many definitions, but central to the new worldview of libraries and librarians is an active relationship with the community.