Library Journal has been doing a series of articles conjecturing the Librarian of 2020 or something. I did not really read it, just saw the idea of future librarians and here we go.
The librarian of the future will be in space, cataloging items in zero g, floating books and ebooks across the digital divide like outta some kinda move like Space Cowboys. Then, there will be some kind of problem, but Houston will not be there to talk to and neither will Tom Hanks because he got the diabeetuz and we do not have that Star Trek pill yet and I am out of pop culture references for this so the space librarian floats off like Sandy Bullock, crying about George Clooney and wishing Gravity was a thing.
Space cataloging is gonna have one thing and one thing only: library lasers. Carving the place and location into a book is gonna feel so sweet and permanent, much better than those dumb stickers with the tape and gross. Nope, branding our books with lasers with a permanent number on the spine. And no more stamps with that messy ink, nope, a laser beam to etch in the name and logo of the library so nobody will space steal our stuff and sell it to the space used bookstore because those hippies buy everything without even looking.
Sure, we have those big buildings in North Carolina with the robots, but I am talking about real walking talking deliverers of evil. Robby the Robot, handing you your copy of Oliver Twist one minute, shooting at you with its gun hand the next. The library will be a West World adventure land where the OPAC becomes OMAC (comics, killer robots) and people would probably pay for the adventure.
People that saw the 2002 Time Machine movie remember the museum that the time traveler goes to in the future and the charming but kind of annoying hologram that acted as a tour guide. To hell with that. Sort of. I mean, think about it, why would you just have some dude (love you Orlando Jones) as your fake person? Man, get me Tu Pac to help me research my paper on the fall of Rome. That would be bad ass.
That's all I got right now. What do you think about the furture of libraries? What crazy thing will they come up with? Go crazy. Think big and weird and let me know.