I've read a number of blog posts over the past few weeks by librarians indignant that other librarians don't do whatever HOT THING they do and think everyone should be doing. They're always the librarians who think they're on the bleeding edge of the hottest trends instead of being on the bleeding edge of getting smacked by irritated old librarians.
"Why aren't librarians all IMing each other all the time?!" "I can't believe these librarians aren't posting their lunchroom antics on Youtube!!" "Why don't they take pictures of every boring library thing they see and post them on Flikr like I do?!" "Teens text message all the time, so why don't the librarians!!" "Every librarian should start a HOT BLOG and share their thoughts and feelings!!" "The librarians should be gaming all night!" Etc.
I have a request for these frustrated trendsetting librarians: Enough, already. You're not convincing anyone.
Okay, so you're hot and trendy and you think you're going to change the world. Believe it or not most librarians just don't care. They don't want to be trendy. They don't want to be HOT. And they don't really care what you think.
They are not going to start a blog, because they not only have nothing to say, but (and this is what separates them from many bloggers) they know they have nothing to say and they don't want to bore people with their trivial thoughts.
They are not going to start text messaging you just because the teens do it. They're not teens.
They are not going to start IMing all their colleagues. They don't like most of their colleagues.
They're not going to post their holiday party pictures on Flikr, and it's probably a good thing.
Their lunchroom antics will never make it onto Youtube. Another good thing.
They are not going to create a pudgy, bespectacled librarian avatar on Second Life. They already have a first life.
And I know this is the hardest part to accept, but they're also not going anywhere. These trend-hating, stick-in-the-mud, always-say-die librarians that frustrate you so much are going to be around for years!
You're not going to revolutionize them, so you're just going to have to wait them out. And by the time they all die off, you hot, trendy librarians will all be old and you'll be facing a rabid younger generation of librarians waiting for you to die off. Keep that in mind the next time you criticize the crusty old librarians.