What if we ran out of librarians?

One of my friends was recently musing about the apparent decline in numbers of university students embarking on IT-related careers in New Zealand.  I would have thought the IT industry was a “sexy” destination so it makes me increasingly worried about the future of librarianship as a profession, especially given the ongoing difficulty many library managers have in filling jobs around the country (I have a sneaking suspicion there might be a reply of “well so what” to this question from some quarters ;-)) It will be interesting to see what initiatives the LIANZA working party on marketing the profession will come up with.