There’s a new survey that’s getting a bit of attention from “mature” librarians. It’s not good attention.
The survey is for The Mature Librarian, and purports to uncover the challenges we mature folk have doing our jobs as librarians. Interestingly, none of the challenges I face are included. Instead, the possible problems are insulting at best. To wit:
4. What do you feel are the four greatest challenges to you as a mature librarian? Please rank them with 1 being the greatest, 2 the next greatest and so forth
1 2 3 4 Keeping up with technology Working with younger employees Keeping track of meetings, trainings, appointments and other library business. Feeling obsolete Participating in work related travel Attending meetings Adapting to new initiatives, such as “makerspaces”, “learning commons”, etc. Learning new procedures Other (please specify)
"The story of the mature librarian will be discussed. How can the 55 and over librarian remain relevant? How can the older librarian keep up with new technologies and work with much younger colleagues? Learn how to stay current, cope with all the changes that are taking place in the workplace and remain vital to the organization in which you work if you are over 55"
Update, part two: Some librarians are having great fun with this.