Monday, June 21, 2004

Kidding on the Square

Michael Mcgrorty at Library Dust predicts the future of libraries. I of course don't agree with all of his predictions, especially his dire assessment of cataloguing services but it's a fine mixture of whimsy and truth just the same:

The librarian stereotype will prevail, with its thousand variations. New librarians will shock older ones with their mode of dress, accessories and language.

Young boys will fall in love with librarians who help them locate books on reptiles. Some of those boys will become librarians; others will become reptiles.

Library literature with footnotes will be impossible to understand. Library literature without footnotes will be a mass of generalizations. The popular topics in library literature will be: The status of the profession; low pay; effectiveness of library organizations, funding issues and problem patrons. The rest of it will be indistinguishable from any other professional literature.


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