ucts of the United States and the world on the broadest scale possible and to do so while working with energy and imagination to make those collections available to the broadest possible audience. Libraries may attract our attention with their contents, but they earn our admiration for opening up their treasures to readers. Digital technologies may seem to overwhelm us with their quantity, but they can and should dazzle us by their power for making information accessible on a scale never before imagined.

In the end, then, the committee entrusts to its colleagues at LC its profound sense that the challenges they face can be, should be, and indeed are exhilarating ones. To have responsibility for a great library in this time of dramatic change and opportunity carries both great risk and great opportunity. The risk and the opportunity are unavoidable; wisdom lies in seizing the opportunity.



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