Blog June 2013 – Day 17 – Patience – a vital library skill

I’m not a patient person generally. I want things done and I want it done now.  But I have learned the value in patience in life in general and in the library as well.

Much as I want all the new things, changes, adaptations, removals etc to happen at the time that they are all shiny and new, my enthusiasm is not always shared with those that these changes will affect. Whether it be managers, fellow staff or library users, sometimes it takes a bit of patience to make a success of something new or different.

This patience may be required so that the kinks can be worked out of the system, so that the plan can be laid out for all affected and so that people can get used to the idea and think through all the implications (which is often of help to me, as I don’t always see the potential issues).

This patience has stood us in good stead in the last 6 months or so. We took longer to relaunch our discovery layer, to get our new website launched and to start with our first e-book platform and we are reaping the benefits. The benefits have been the rolling out of a good, stable product and wide acceptance (and often applause) from our library users.

You may not always get what you want, when you want it. Be patient. Sometimes it just takes time, some education and your persistence. Its worth it in the end.