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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – eXcited

28 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.

I had to cheat today because there very few positive leadership qualities that start with X, so I subbed in eXcited (it almost counts). I’m not afraid to show my excitement at work for projects, activities, and even the mundane tasks. More and more I hear my staff members marveling at everything I’m willing to do – cover books, set up a new aquarium for our turtle, weed books, pack boxes – whatever it takes to keep the library moving. I think it’s important as a leader to be willing to roll up your sleeves and jump in where necessary. I’m still working on delegating, but I’ve got the teamwork aspect down. Sharing my passion and excitement encourages my staff to be excited about their work too and that excited can be seen by our patrons. Who doesn’t love seeing someone enjoy the work they do and take pride in it?

AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Willing

27 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.

It’s important, at times, to be willing to make compromises as a leader. It’s not always easy to make these compromises, but sometimes compromises will get you further down the road. This isn’t always easy for me as I tend to make a decision and then expect results, but sometimes you have to work with other people to get the results you’re looking for and compromises have to be made. And as I’m finding, to be willing to work with organizations and groups of people, we often get positive results and are able to dream bigger by having others to work with. We recently built a new community center in our township, which is great for residents, but took some time for our Park and Recreation Department and the Library to figure out how to work together to provide classes together. We’re currently partnering once a month to offer a free fitness class to the community and just submitted a grant to provide a healthy living series of programs in the future. It hasn’t been easy, but by willing to make compromises on both sides of the table, we’re able to provide better services to our community and that’s what we both want.

AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Vision

26 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.

We’re currently developing a strategic plan for our library as we’ve had no vision for a number of years, which makes creating and achieving department and personal goals somewhat disjointed from the organization as a whole. Our strategic plan process is starting at the base level of creating a new mission and vision statement as well as core values, goals and objectives for the next few years. The whole planning process will end up taking about a year, with the hope that our strategic plan and new library brand will be released in January 2018.

The thought of creating large-scale projects from scratch that take a year, plus to develop is insane to me as I was usually looking at a few months at a time when I planned programs as a children’s librarian. But, I’m finding this type of long-range work really exciting and enjoyable – it’s definitely a different way of thinking, but also really exciting at the same time!

We’re looking at ways to create a vision for the future and what role the library plays in that vision. Our working model is, “Strengthening a connected and engaged community.” (which for the record, I’m really liking!) It’s a short vision of what we want to see in the future and clearly shows what the library wants to do to support this vision of the future. With the vision in place, we’re currently working on our mission statement and core values – all of which are short, sweet and to the point, sot that the staff and community can embrace these statements and better understand the library’s role in the community.

AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Understand

25 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.

One of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey is, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood,” is a great phrase to keep in mind as a leader. I am continually reminding myself to gather all the information I can before making a decision. It can be difficult when there are so many people who work on a single aspect of the library work, to really understand each part of what is going on, but it’s so important to know all the details before jumping in and making changes. But, when you do understand, then you can make decisions that will make a difference.

AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Team

24 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.

I wouldn’t be able to succeed in half the crazy ideas I have without the amazing team I have working with me. It really is that simple and I’m so blessed to be able to work with people who are passionate about what they do and passionate about serving our community – which can be evidenced by the 4.5 months of extra work to weed our entire collection and a whirlwind weekend used book sale fundraiser this weekend. This project would never have happened without our entire staff stepping up to work on the project.

I also think it’s important to show my staff that I’m willing to roll up my sleeves and jump in where I’m needed – covering a public desk, covering books, running a program. I hope that by being a hands-on leader, my staff is willing to ask for my help when necessary and is also willing to roll up their own sleeves when work on a  new project needs to happen!

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