AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Knowledgeable

13 Apr

2017atozDuring the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I chose to look at leadership qualities as I’ve just recently (within the past 6 months) become the director of my public library. We have about 50 staff members, most of whom are part-time employees serving a 30,000 resident community by providing high-quality programs and resources. Each day, I’ll look at one trait and how it’s helped me to become a better director.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. There are days where I spend the majority of my time asking questions. I want to be knowledgeable about all the working parts of my library – not to micro-manage, but to better understand work flow and to be able to help where I can. I love getting the chance to jump in and answer reference questions, help at the circulation desk and assist patrons with computer issues. I want my staff to be comfortable to ask me to pitch in when necessary.

I want my staff to know they can ask me questions and I hope to have the answer, but if I don’t have the answer, I want to be able to know who to ask to get the information I need. Knowledge doesn’t come quickly, but after eight years in this organization, and hopefully many more to come – I’m excited to see what else I’ll learn!


3 Responses to “AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Knowledgeable”

  1. Rebecca Douglass April 13, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    Best of luck to you in the new position, and keep up the learning! I hope your library is better funded than mine, and you get to keep those employees and programs.
    The Ninja Librarian’s Favorite Characters

  2. heatherericksonauthor April 13, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    I love it when people ask questions. I shocked my kids at a young age by teaching them what assume means. It’s always better to ask and gain some knowledge than to remain in the dark, fumbling around out of pride.


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