Favorites of 2013

Kevin King —  December 31, 2013 — 1 Comment

To succeed in life you need two things: ignorance and confidence. – Mark Twain

This blog is born of my ignorance.  I am very willing to admit that when first pushed into the bright spotlight of leadership, I failed numerous times.  The instruction manual for library leadership was not passed down to me from a wise bespectacled librarian, I was quite literally lost.  At one particular low point I made it a goal to learn what I could about being not only a good department head, but also an inspirational leader.  During this time of self study I devoured the leadership and management sources found on the library shelves, but when I started digging deeper to find specific examples of how my peers used these lessons I found nothing.

photo credit: DonkeyHotey via photopin cc

photo credit: DonkeyHotey via photopin cc

Over 160 posts and 32,000 views later I am proud to say that with the help of some amazing contributors, we have begun to fill that void.  We started Library Lost & Found because we wanted to not only give voice to the new generation of library leaders, but also provide a forum for stories about successes and failures.  I am so very proud of great writers who have contributed to the goal of finding lost leadership skills.  Below are 20 of the most viewed posts of 2013.  I am confident that in 2014 you will continue to discover inspiration, advice, knowledge, and a few laughs.

Library Lost & Found is dedicated to publishing more great posts in 2014 to help both new and old “lost” leaders.

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 Favorites of 2013


    Thank you, Kevin, for inviting me to contribute and convincing me that my experiences would be helpful to others.

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