When I first read about the 30 blog posts in 30 days challenge, through several of my RSS feeds, I thought that it would be too much for me to get involved. I have gotten so busy with taking on the Acting Branch Manager role of our biggest public library that I couldn’t imagine being able to write something every day.
But then I realised it was a perfect way to make the most of this experience. So my plan is to blog every day in June, as per the challenge, with a definite focus on what I am discovering and learning as I step back into a role I have much experience in as a younger librarian.
So my first reflection is that with age comes wisdom. One of our managers pointed this out to me after I had accepted the role. I hadn’t thought about it before that. When I had my first Branch Manager role, I was in my early 20s and by the time I moved to Information Services, I will in my early 30s.
Now I am in my mid 40s and have very quickly discovered the wisdom of that saying. I have many years of library experience, both branch managing and other roles, but I also have many years of life experience to back up and complement that. And I am discovering that is invaluable as I find myself working more with individuals. It has given me more insight on how to deal with people, how to be hands or hands off and knowing when each is appropriate and with whom.
Anyway, that’s just a starting reflection, so watch this space over the next month as I learn a lot more about management, about people and particularly about myself.
I encourage you to check out the other bloggers who have also accepted the challenge – listed in the comments field on the 30 blog posts in 30 days challenge.
Your support in reading and commenting on these posts I am sure would be greatly appreciated.