I occasionally refer to myself as a cyberpunk librarian and there are very good reasons for this.

Because cyberpunk is freakin’ cool, yo.

But, oddly enough, that’s not the real reason. No, I’ve been into cyberpunk stories since I was a teenager and the appeal of them has always been the whole “high tech and low life” settings of the stories. In other words, you have stories of characters who may be down on their luck, they don’t have a lot of money, but they do have access to high technology and that technology becomes an equalizer.

And I think that applies very well to libraries. Libraries rarely have tonnes of money to just throw at new projects. We have to worry about collection budgets, tech budgets, supply budgets, operations budgets – heck there is probably a specific budget to pay for the people who watch the budget. So that’s why I try and suggest new and creative things to do with tech you already have, or with free and open source software. If I do bring up things you have to pay for, I try and keep it as inexpensive as possible.

Obviously, the cyberpunk genre started in books and one of the books often credited with really bringing the genre to the forefront is William Gibson’s book Neuromancer. So, when I saw these t-shirts based off characters and places in the book. – well, yeah – I want two of each!

 

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