comicreaders.com have an interview with James Turner, creator of the upcoming Slave Labor series Ex Libris:
...Librarians have been subtly guiding human civilization for almost two thousand years. By emphasizing, or de-emphasizing, strains of knowledge, they are able to influence the development of our societies. They approach human knowledge as if it was a great Bonsai tree, and they cull and encourage it into the desired shape.
Turner goes on to lay out an entire secret history of librarianship, which is rather fun to read. I was already looking forward to this comic, and after the interview I'm even more excited.
Remember, as TangognaT says: "librarians really are the next zombies/monkeys/pirates/ninjas."