Blogger Meg Smith

Do Deadlines Drag You Down?

Have you ever had this following conversation with yourself as you thought about your upcoming week at work? “Okay, so I have six programs this week, and I should have checked out that new book I wanted to use with that group.  It’s probably already checked out by now. I have those three reports due by tomorrow and that mandatory meeting that will last all day. I have the article due next week, but I won’t have time to work on that next week, so I have to somehow find that time this week. There were those four emails I read right as we were closing, but I need to learn more about that project before I can respond  . . .” It’s easy for our thoughts about our work to be more focused on our deadlines instead of the difference that we can make. Of course, deadlines are a necessary part of our…

Blogger Meg Smith

Change Keeps Coming

Whether you are a project manager for your library’s youth programs or a supervisor adjusting to staffing shortages, librarians often deal with changes.  I recently attended a fascinating workshop on a relevant topic for many of us working with children in libraries: Leading from the Middle in the Middle of Change.  Hosted by the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) section of the North Carolina Library Association, this workshop differed from a traditional training; it was an unconference or participant-driven event. Lois Kilkka, Deputy Director for Library Experiences with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, presented an inspirational speech on leadership and how to facilitate change at any level within an organization. The participants, including project managers, coordinators, deputy directors, department supervisors and branch managers from across North Carolina, discussed how to best encourage our co-workers to not only withstand but to embrace change. We formed small groups to focus our discussions on one…

Blogger Meg Smith

Back to the Summit

Isn’t it amazing how a brief change in the daily work routine can help us recharge and rejuvenate?  Participants attending the North Carolina Library Association’s recent youth services retreat returned to their libraries revitalized and ready to work after a two day training this month. This workshop “Back to the Summit,” held  at the beautiful retreat facility at the Haw River State Park in Browns Summit, NC, offered opportunities to meet colleagues while focusing on contemporary issues and practical suggestions for enhancing staffers’ work serving children and teens in public libraries. The Board of the Youth Services Section, a division of the North Carolina Library Association, coordinated the retreat for approximately 60 participants from across the state. After the fun icebreaker Master Connector, including such unusual questions as “Find someone who loves the scent of something unusual,” participants attended a session incorporating innovative ways to implement the latest edition of Every Child Ready…