Earlier this month I did a presentation for PCI Webinars titled Leadership in Libraries: Observations from the Director’s Seat. Using information gleaned from dozens of interviews with Library Directors over the past seven years, I shared my biggest insights regarding the profession. If you were not able to tune into the training, I have added the script as an article on my web site. Here’s how it starts:
Right now is the most exciting and challenging time to be a library director. With new formats of material, a vibrant in person and online communities, and the need for quiet space in the face of a busy world, public libraries are busier than ever. It is also the most confusing and unsettling time to be a Director. Between shifting political winds, a global pandemic, and uncertain financial conditions, the future of libraries is highly uncertain. How library leaders navigate this dynamic environment will determine the future of libraries in the 21st Century.
As a current library director I am engaged in shaping the future of our profession. To that end I have spent over hundreds of hours during the past seven years talking to other library directors to discover their views on the profession and the institution of libraries. In this article I will share insights I learned and provide guidance on whether the path of the library director is the right one for you.