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What does a Director do?

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I said last time that I'd talk some about being Library Director.  My job is to manage resources, and at Marin County Free Library we are blessed with many.  We have financial resources in the form of tax revenue, grants, and donations.  We have people resources – the friendly knowledgeable folks who help you in the branches or behind the scenes.  And we have a wealth of resources in our Library Commission, our many Friends of the Library groups and our Library Foundation. 

The part of my work that is most satisfying is being able to go out into all of our communities and talk about the many services and programs that the Library can provide thanks to their continuing support.

The more challenging part of the job is managing change, figuring out where we are going and how we are going to get there.  Wayne Gretzky, the famous hockey player, once said “Good hockey players skate to where the puck is.  Great players skate to where the puck is going to be.”   

Change is everywhere is everywhere in the Library world today.  We need to find balance between printed books and e-books; between quiet for study and noise for group learning; between serving our patrons who come to the Library and those who can’t get there; between personalized service where it is essential and self-service where it is routine.

We need to figure out where the puck is going to be and unlike a hockey player, the Director can’t do it alone.   I can provide vision and inspiration, but I need the collective wisdom of my colleagues and our communities to score a goal. That’s the challenge, but it is also what makes my job so satisfying.

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