Suddenly everything is green
As one who handles many more questions about how to do things on a computer than questions about library resources, I was interested to learn from Bill Drew about a book called The Accidental Systems Librarian. It's a little old (anything published about computing in 2003 is going to be dated now) but a lot of the information is still relevant.
One of the points I agree with is that we're all systems librarians to some extent. Unless we prefer to bury our heads in the sand, every one of us has to be up to date with basic computing and how various technologies work. This is not just a matter of getting our work done efficiently, but being able to help our patrons, and it relates to an idea I've been hearing a lot lately: that although the Millennials have learned to expect immediate gratification from technology, they often don't understand how it works.
And as a newbie to the library profession, I was initially really impressed with all the librarians who seemed to have had the opportunity to live through the computing revolution. I felt they knew a LOT more than I did about computers, because libraries were some of the first workplaces to automate, and many librarians got to experience the whole introduction and development of computers in the workplace.
But in fact librarianship is a mixed bag, and I'm sorry to find out that many of us kicked and screamed and resisted and ignored the opportunity of learning all they could. So now it's assumed that because I'm young I know a lot about technology when more than often I don't, but because I'm curious and interested and can see its importance, I'm quickly picking things up.
And weirdly, maybe this is what people mean when they get so excited about younger librarians entering the field - that we more readily embrace technology. In the meantime, I'm just shocked by librarians who choose not to.