The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. – Socrates
Early on in my career as a manager I realized that I knew very little about being a good manager. I struggled to motivate my team, build trust, and encourage innovation. It was only when I acknowledged my lack of knowledge that I found a path towards being a good library leader. I not only devoured great resources, but also observed phenomenal library leaders. It was just as important to fill my contact list with people I could call for help as it was to fill my office bookshelves with the latest, trendy management book.
The library professionals contributing to Library Lost & Found understand that not everyone has access to exceptional library leaders. You might be feeling lost because you are faced with a question that is very difficult to answer. Frustration over indecision can cause not only stress, but also poor choices. All you want is to simply ask how others have handled the same issue. Fear not, the answer is Wednesday Wisdom!
On some Wednesdays we will tap the collective wisdom of the LL&F team to answer a question submitted by our readers. If we can’t answer the query, we will seek out someone in the profession with the knowledge to give you what you need. Our goal is to lead library professionals out from the darkness of frustration. So if you have a question, need help, or have a problem email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrons come to us to help them navigate the millions of resources available to them. It only makes sense that people working in libraries turn to their colleagues for help when feeling lost. Library Leaders get lost. We’ll be there for you – insert theme from Friends.