Tom Haskins offers a good reason why conferences remain important
even in a world of ever readier access to ever increasing information.
Haskins suggests that we need experts now more than ever, not for
access to information, but for evaluation and filtering. The point is
one that librarians, too, are fond of making, and it ought to cheer any
scholar, though it may feel to some that the rules are changing in the
middle of the game.