Traveled to Wisconsin and found HOPE

Kevin King —  September 30, 2013 — 1 Comment

Welcome to WisconsinI would like to apologize for our absence last week.  After a few years of being out of the presentation game, I spent a week in beautiful Wisconsin talking about library leadership.  My one week tour included stops in New Berlin, Fennimore, Madison and Green Bay (concert t-shirts still on sale) where I had the honor of sharing what I have learned about leading libraries filled with Healthy Organizations and People Excelling (HOPE).  This idea of HOPE is a culmination of months and months of study involving trying to find the common elements in a healthy organization.  What I have discovered is that a HOPE filled library achieves high marks in organizational health, customer service, innovation and recognition.  My hypothesis is that libraries that devote energy and resources into these areas will not only be able to easily adapted to shrinking budgets, but also rapid change.  In the next few weeks, my plan is to write about how library leaders can fill their library with HOPE.  I am pretty sure in was the fall Wisconsin air that helped me finally put the pieces together, not the fried cheese curds.

Kevin King


Kevin King is the Head of Branch and Circulation Services at the Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library. Previously Kevin led Teen Services at KPL, where he helped build a nationally recognized program. Kevin has presented all over the country on many topics including teen services, innovation, graphic novels, and programming. As a member of ALA, YALSA, PLA and the Michigan Library Association, Kevin has served on various committees and has luckily won a couple of awards. In his spare time Kevin obsesses over the Detroit Tigers, listens to music and does his best to be a kick ass dad to Abigail and Rachael.

One response to Traveled to Wisconsin and found HOPE


    Thanks for bringing HOPE to Green Bay! Loved your presentation and am looking forward to the changes it brings.

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