Agents of Chaos

Kevin King —  September 30, 2016 — 1 Comment

img_0078Dr. Michael Stephens (, @mstephens7) is an agent of chaos. I have heard him speak numerous times and his consistent message is that as librarians, and leaders, we need to allow as much chaos as we can stand. Successful libraries open themselves up to chaos to inspire curiosity, creativity and discovery. This in turn will make libraries more relevant to the communities they serve.

How open to chaos are you? Do you freak when your perfectly laid plans fall apart? Does your anxiety in these situations affect your ability to lead? Being able to embrace the situation when things fall apart is a sign of a good leader.

Invite some chaos in your life. Your response to chaos is up to you, but more often than not it will lead a more vibrant and exciting library.

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 Agents of Chaos


    I’m feeling way better about the technical challenges from my last two instruction sessions Roll with it!

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