I know it can be difficult keeping up with your professional reading, but great leaders make it a point to keep current. If you have not yet taken the time to read the latest report form the Pew Institute titled “Libraries at the Crossroads,” I encourage you make it a priority. Studies such as this one support efforts to move your library forward and can be essential tools for becoming a more innovative place.
I was reminded of this lately while attending a workshop made up of both librarians and non-librarians. An audience member was clearly referencing the Pew Study in her comments and when her comments were challenged by a non-librarian, she was able to easily site her sources. Being able to back-up what she was saying using very recent findings not only legitimized her statements, but also made her look pretty smart.
Who doesn’t like to look smart?