For the past, oh, five years, I’ve been dead-set against being a manager. When I took this job at the University of Richmond, one of the things that really appealed to me was the reduction in management responsibilities, particularly in light of what I had to do in my last job.
And yet, my coworkers kept putting me in leadership positions, and most of the time I didn’t mind the work as much as I may have let on. As long as I have some clear direction in what needs to be done, I’m pretty good about making sure it happens.
So, when the opportunity arose to be the interim director of my division of the library, I seized it as a chance to get my feet wet with management in a more friendly environment. I like my division, I reasoned, and they seem to get along pretty well. This won’t be too bad.
My friends, it’s one thing to serve on library-wide committees, but managing personnel is an entirely different set of challenges. Throw in the stress of a massive renovation that required temporary relocation of most of the staff for the summer, and you’ve got quite a bit to keep a handle on.
So far I’m two and half months in, and everyone is still alive. I’ll be doing my best to keep it that way, but if I’ve learned anything from this experience it’s that I’m not quite ready to be In Charge. So, I’ll be continuing to figure out how to be a Leader in my library without being the Boss.
Moderator: Ann Coder, Library Services Manager, Brookhaven College
Speaker: Linda McCann, Director of Library Services, Bucks County Community College
Probably had something interesting to say, but her phone connection was so awful I tuned it out. Plus, I hate the “let me tell you useless stats about my institution” portion that for some reason people think is important to include in every presentation about something they did at their library.
In summary, they got rid of formats and collections that are no longer needed and converted the space into a popular (and apparently award winning) learning commons.
Speaker: Denise Repman, Dean of Library Services, Delgado Community College
Oy. Sound not much better on this one. Maybe it’s ALA’s connection? In summary: something something something new library buildings.
Speaker: Theresa C. Stanley, Library Director, Pima Community College
Still crappy sound. In summary: they had to reduce their collection by 30%, so they removed duplicates and content no longer relevant to their current programs. Kept notes in a wiki and used a shared calendar to schedule the project, which is probably a good idea.
I’d like to thank my manager, the producers, my copy editor…
I’d like to thank my manager, the producers, my copy editor… Oh, wait, wrong speech. Actually, I’m just thrilled to pieces to have made it into Walt Crawford’s Cites & Insight investigation of the librarian blogsophere under the “Blogs with Fairly Broad Reach” category. I’m going to be spending the next while going through all the blogs Walt covered in his study and looking at the ones I’m not currently reading.