Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

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Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

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I recently returned from a weekend trip to Colorado Springs, where I had given the "keynote address," which really meant that I spoke first, I guess, at the staff day of the Pikes Peak Library District. I had been invited by the director, Pat Losinski, to speak on the subject of change in public library service, past, present and future, as well as its effect on people who work in libraries. A pretty big subject, and not one which can be given good coverage in 45 minutes.

Luckily, Pat had scheduled Sharon Wiseman to take the rest of the day to give a workshop on change, a job she has apparently done very successfully a number of times. Sharon, who used to be on the staff of the Illinois State library, has a wonderful foldout business card, which describes how she can help libraries energize and sustain change.

I hadn't discussed what I was going to say with Sharon at all, so I was amazed at the way she took the points of my talk (which I had thought somewhat disorganized) and used them as discussion points in her workshop. Giving workshops is hard work, as those of you who have done it know, but Sharon's ability to seamlessly blend a talk she was hearing for the first time into her presentation was really impressive.

State libraries across the country are a breeding ground, I guess, for consultants who strike out on their own to assist libraries in different fields. Gets rid of the bureaucracy that accompanies so many state jobs, besides perhaps bringing in more money. State library staff are notoriously ill paid all across the country. …

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