Director's Message - Winter 2011-12

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011, 9:32 am

It's been a little over a year since I moved to Worthington and became director of Worthington Libraries. Although the time has slipped by way too fast, I'm pleased with how the transition has gone and am looking forward to 2012 and what is shaping up to be an exciting year.

When I was hired, I told the staff and library board I planned to take considerable time learning about the Library, evaluating the current organizational culture and getting to know people, before I moved forward with any large initiatives. Listening is, in my opinion, just as important to longterm success as taking action.

Over the summer, I met with 51 members of the library staff, including every professional librarian, supervisors and key administrative personnel. They were invited to my office for a conversation about their specific role, what they hoped to accomplish in the near future and their larger career aspirations.

Overwhelmingly, the library staff members I spoke with are very satisfied with their jobs, citing both the supportive community and their colleagues as primary reasons why. While some of them are content with their current positions, others dream of being library managers or directors. And, after a whirlwind of renovations and changes, some cherish the stability we've established in the last year, while others are waiting for me to shake things up.

Which category are you in? Do you like the Library as it is now, providing a blend of traditional and modern services, or are you waiting for us to come up with something new and innovative?

In 2012, we'll begin work on our next strategic plan, which will include the opportunity for you to get involved and share your thoughts with me about the Library. I want to listen to your ideas about the future, too!

We'll be working with a consultant who has designed a wide array of listening tools, including community interviews, surveys and focus groups, to help us learn more about what the community wants and expects from Worthington Libraries now and in the future.

Of course, you don't have to wait for a formal process to make your voice heard. If you have an idea, I'd love to hear it now. Feel free to drop me a line at cgibson@worthingtonlibraries.org.

In the meantime, I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year.

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