I’ve led a “life in libraries.” After over 30 years in public and academic libraries of various sizes in Minnesota and Wisconsin, I retired in December 2011 after 11 years with the South Central Library System (SCLS), one of the largest of Wisconsin’s 17 public library systems. As the Public Library Administration Consultant, I provided assistance and consultation to directors, staff and trustees at SCLS’s 53 member libraries on a variety of administrative and other topics.
My life is still one in libraries, although now I “work” at home. That work may take the form of teaching an online continuing education course, or presenting a staff in-service for a nearby public library, or working with my state library association. When I am not working, I may be visiting my local public library as a user, or using its online catalog to search for my next reading adventure.
I am pleased that my life and schedule now allow me to share with others some of what I have learned in my life and time in libraries through this blog. But even more than that, I’m still learning, and enjoy sharing news and information I find helpful, that I hope you will find helpful too. Sometimes this information will be very specific to libraries, while other times it might be more generally related to management, or even “just darn good advice” about important skills like communication, decision-making, or time management. And occasionally it will be something that I just felt like writing about that day!
So, thanks for stopping by, and welcome to my world, my life in (and out) of libraries. I hope you’ll visit often.