Ah, the 21st century. Remember back in 2000 when we all thought the world was going to end? I watched the adults freak out about how computers wouldn’t be able to register that ’00’ 2000 and computers would assume that ’00’ was a master reset number and we’d all be living in the Dark Ages again. That year, the world came together and we all celebrated New Year’s with relief. (And personally, I think it would be cool if we could have live broadcasts of everyone celebrating again. France, you guys win for best display. Seriously.)
After the Y2K drama, we all settled down and you would think that the adults would have realized that we were way too dependent on technology even then. But instead someone said technology would help save the trees! And let’s face it, we all want to save the trees, right? Letters became emails. Books became ebooks. And before any of that happened, libraries decided it would be best to digitize their card catalogs.
Yes, the card catalogs. If you can remember a time when you had to open a drawer full of index cards then congratulations. You’re practically a dinosaur according to the teeny tots running around now who are constantly plugged in. (I swear, I saw 2 year-old working a smart phone like he owned it. That can’t be healthy.) I understand the convenience of digitizing the catalog system. I’ve been known to go to the library website to see if they have a book in so I knew whether it was worth the cost of gas to drive down there. But I remember the day when my school librarian in elementary school taught us how to use card catalogs. To actually physically see all the cards there and realize there’s that many books located all around you is almost mind blowing. Where does a bibliophile start? I felt so proud of myself every time I could successfully locate a book using the system and then I had to print my name onto another card to check it out. Important stuff when you’re like 6.
Now that everything is digitized, you won’t know that there’s a cute boy who has taken an interest in you and is trying to catch your attention by checking out every single book before you so you see his name every single time.