Picking up from a wonderful post of the same title from the Blue Skunk Blog (http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2012/1/13/you-know-you-are-a-21st-century-librarian-when.html) and adjusting for working in public libraries. Enjoy!
You know you are a 21st century public librarian when:
- you get excited about getting a real life reference question
- you lend more DVDs than books
- you hand out more keys to the toilet than answers
- you exercise your IT skills more than your reference skills
- you do more HTML than cataloguing
- you book more Wifi sessions than desktop Internet sessions
- your professional development works mainly through Twitter
- when answering a reference questions, you head to the Internet
- your copier is used for printing from the Internet and virtually never for copying from books
- you have nothing to do when the Internet goes down
- your touch typing skill is the best thing you learned at school
- your phone is used for music and the Internet, not so much for phone calls
- you get more requests for staplers than reading recommendations
- you are extremely familiar with the reset buttons on computers
- some library users protest a noisy library more than you do (they need shushing classes)
- you mention a character from the 20th century and the kids say ‘who?’ (in my case it was Charlie Chaplin)
- you still love your job, even through all the decades of change!
Would love to hear what else has changed for your sector in librarianship.