2013, that is!
As we embrace the new I’m thankful for so much — and especially all of the excellent people I’ve been fortunate enough to work with. The projects have been stimulating and satisfying — from facilities master planning, technology planning, tech assessments, coaching, keynote speeches at conferences, teaching, and other activities. But the real joy has been working with so many outstanding people, all across the country.
As libraries face some of the greatest challenges in their histories, they are also in some very good hands.
Experienced librarians are using their wisdom and knowledge to navigate through the murky waters of eMaterials and remind us that although formats change, the core mission of the public library — connecting people to information, ideas and enrichment as a public-funded good — endures.
New generations of librarians are entering the profession with a native understanding of digital formats, multiple modes of communication and the power of customer service. These librarians are asking all of the right questions — and with the spirit and energy to “make it happen” or #mih.
The combination of these elements makes me feel very lucky indeed.
Here’s to you, and to all the best in 2013!