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Don’t Get Crushed

Kevin King —  March 13, 2017 — Leave a comment

If you want to carry the world, do not tie it with a rope, otherwise the rope will break and the world will crush you.” – African proverb

A good friend recently shared a post on Facebook about Donald Vass, one of the last bookbinders in the business working at the King County Library System. She described the story as a “religious experience” and could not agree more. After watching the news segment, I immediately looked for more info on this guy and found this short video. The wisdom I experienced from Vass in about 13 minutes should keep me going for the rest of the year. As it was sung in Hamilton, “Let’s get this guy in front of a crowd” or at least a show on PBS. He needs to be a keynote at any and all library conferences.


Need some tunes to get you ready for Atlanta? I present to you a playlist of artists based in either Atlanta or Georgia that you can listen to while you pack, sit in the airport, or walk to your next meeting. If I missed anything, please post in the comments.

GIF of West Wing character with text "Well, you go girl"I’ve been listening to a new podcast. New to me at least. It’s called The West Wing Weekly. I am, of course, a huge West Wing fan, so I am, of course, loving this podcast. Still, it’s giving me pause. Not really, I just make weird connections between random things in my head.

I was thinking the other day about what sets leaders apart from the pack. There are a lot of answers to that question, and I couldn’t come up with one answer. Frankly, I still can’t come up with one answer. But, at the end of every episode of the West Wing Weekly they say the same thing: “What’s next?”

Animation of West Wing character with text "When I ask what's next it means I'm ready to move on to other things."Now, if you love The West Wing, you’ll understand why they do that. But even if you’ve never seen an episode, it’s a good message. “What’s next?”

One aspect of what distinguishes a library leader from a library employee is that the leader is always asking, “What’s next?”

They ask many other questions and do many other things, but I’d argue that asking, “What’s next?” is one key to library leadership. There is something satisfying about finishing a big task, but it is not enough to bask in that accomplishment. Sooner (rather then later) you have to ask yourself: “What’s next?”

Thinking about the future shows initiative; it shows knowledge of the library environment around you; and it shows that you’re thinking not just about what’s on your to-do list, but on what can be done to improve your library for your patrons.

If you want to be a library leader then make your new mantra “What’s next?”

animation of West Wing character with text "Bring it on."

Holiday Tunes for You!

Kevin King —  December 1, 2016 — 1 Comment

For over 15 years, I have been crafting a Holiday Mix for my music loving friends and family. I consider it a musical Holiday Card to help you get into the giving spirit. Since many of you like when I post playlists, I thought I would share with you the 2016 Mix! I encourage you to listen to these tunes with thoughts of how you can become a better leader in 2017. We all know the world could use some good leaders.


Happy Holidays from all of us at Library Lost & Found!