We all run into them now and again…. Techno-resistant librarians. I used to think such an attitude would cost them their jobs. No more. Now I think those retro-librarians might cost ALL of us our jobs.
What is the impact of 21st Century Librarians operating under a 20th (19th?) century mind-set?
The Times They are A-Changin’ (Bob Dylan)
Your old road is
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.
I attended a workshop about integrating Apple technology (ipods etc) into Gananda’s curriculum. Exciting stuff. I was amazed and humbled, when several of my Gananda colleagues referred to me as the “most creative” member of our team. The head presenter from the Apple team (a former librarian) was excited to hear that. She then mentioned a recent workshop she’d done for a neighboring district. Sadly,one of the librarians there reacted very badly to the presentation. She said “I did not sign up for all this tech stuff when I became a librarian. I went into it for books.”
Talk about cringe-worthy!! These workshops are presented to school teams that often include superintendents and building principals. Library jobs are at risk. How does this kind of attitude play in front of a group like that?
Now… Think about the legion of us on the cutting edge of technology….how many present in-services to teachers…how many work with hesitant teachers and give them the courage to try new things. And on and on and on. And yet still, we fight that #$&^ stereotype of the “bookish” librarian. Yes…many of us go into the profession for love of books, reading and research. But guess what – we STILL get to do that. We just have more formats at our command.How great is that?!
I suspect these “throw-back” librarians give us all a bad name.
The incident reminded me of my all-time favorite blog comment:
Librarians WILL care about technological trends and how they affect their jobs in a few years – when the first generation raised on WiFi and high speed internet and web-enabled toilet seats reaches college age.
Guess what. That time has arrived.