More snarky than informative, but at the very least attacking in an appropriate direction, the "Hyped Future" may be, more than anything, an attack on those prognosticators who project the inevitable evolution of the library to be an uncomfortable experience for library employees. I've never felt this to be the case, myself, but the Time journalist to whom this article responds speaks repeatedly of "stern" and "shushing" librarians as if they are a primitive species of humanoid being pushed to extinction by progress. To which the "Annoyed Librarian" rebuts: Instead of riding the hype of what people expect libraries to become, let's see what library users want!
Which is, at best, an over-simplification of reality, perhaps rhetorical in nature but more likely not--more likely the "Annoyed Librarian" believes what he or she is saying--in response to a gross generalization. Of course libraries are going to shed their books, or at least organize them in increasingly centralized locations, and of course libraries are going to have to provide services and skill-building and creative spaces in place of the books which were once the primary draw to libraries everywhere. The "Annoyed Librarian's" claim that we can't Google everything is at least equally uninformed compared to the claims of the Time writer that books are over. They are both living in dream worlds.
The evolution which the Time journalist speaks of is downplayed by the "Annoyed Librarian" because...well, it seems the Time journalist ill-chose examples of contemporary library functions: card catalogs, among others. Which is really naive of the the author, but not to as alarming an extent as you might think. I used a card catalog when I was growing up, not fifteen years ago. How much change do you think will happen in the next fifteen years?
The Annoyed Writer is attacking in the right direction because we can never know what will change and how, or when, and hype certainly does build big around transitions in any field. However, he or she is being obtuse using the Pew research to claim that libraries won't have to change change as much as people say they will. They will change quite a lot, actually. People ages 16-29 go to the library because they have to. I'm not Pew, but I've done a little asking around myself, and the people in that age group who I've asked--high school and college students--are pretty clear on the fact that they're not going to use the library anymore when they don't have to.
The older demographic? They're not the future of libraries.