Inadvertantly, I came across a random blog post from what appears to be a 17-year-old Australian student who severely criticizes librarians (though I'm sure there are American examples of this kind of criticism). This is one (obscene) paragraph from a pathetic and incoherent longer entry by a member of the rising generation who calls hereself Linnypooh:
"Hmmm... I have a stupid geography assignment on Bali dued soon... T_T really - why Bali? I really hate going online - most, if not all, of the information online is bogus! And libraries - i don't do libraries! I hate how its all quiet.. the atmosphere in most libraries feel weird =/ (maybe i'm just weird haha) I HATE THE LIBRARIANS! rude and obnoxious bitches! Gosh i swear they sit there on their fat asses talking on the DAMN phone!! When you need their bloody service they give you the biggest dirty! Man i'd love punch them in the face x_X they all deserve black eyes!"
This seems too aggressive for someone named Linnypooh, if you ask me. It's reassuring that this person doesn't just trust everything found online, though the claim that most of the information is bogus shows a decided lack of information discrimination. Perhaps those librarians should bibliographically instruct her. Her observation on the size of librarian bottoms is, it seems to me, spot on.
But I love the next sentence--"I don't do libraries!" Considering the hostility of the final sentence and the threat of face-punching, I think we can all rest easier about her antipathy to libraries, especially those of us working in Australia. [For my Australian readers: Her profile has a photo of her. If you see her coming, keep your guard up. Unabridged dictionaries are almost guaranteed to stop any punch. Hold one up in front of your face at all times.]
It's interesting also to see the unexpurgated ranting of a disgruntled library patron, considering all the ranting librarians do about annoying patrons. I don't do much of that myself, of course, but there's plenty of good stuff by the Happy Villain or the Bitter Librarian to keep you company. I'm trying to imagine the humorous, vindictive, and yet occasionally touching post the Happy Villain might write if Linnypooh punched Lily or Celia. (Sorry to indulge. Happyville is my favorite library soap opera.) However, to be fair, the annoyed librarians among us are usually pretty specific about the annoying patrons. This girl hates all librarians.
Still, if Linnypooh is at all representative of the rising generation, the "nextgens" that some librarians are always trying to persuade to use libraries, then the librarians definitely have some hard work ahead of them. On the other hand, if you can persuade her, you can probably persuade anyone.
The most disturbing thing is not the danger to libraries, but the inevitable fact that, as the politicians keep telling us, the children are our future. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Hell.