I had an awesome conversation tonight with Gail Bush (President of ILA and Rockstar). She said that the profession needs my (our) skills, innovation, activism, technology. I replied that we need leadership training. Together we realize that we need each other. We have something to learn from each other. For Innovative Leadership requires collaboration, and today I understood that on a whole new level. I am so excited about the next chapter in my life, the next chapter of libraries, and the next chapter of my beloved profession. I am so proud of Illinois librarians, and am so glad to call myself an Illinois librarian.
~Sleepy Librarian Out
Yes, you are reading that correctly. The San Francisco Public Library has added a social worker to their payroll. A recent article describes the recent addition to the staff. The main library branch has a lot of homeless patrons. The library partnered with the local public help agency to add a social worker.
The director of the library says the library is “the most democratic institute” and they want it to “be open to evevryone”.
Wow!!! How can libraries adapt and adopt such a bold move? What else can we do? How else can we partner and collaborate with? I am so proud to be a librarian.
Three cheers to you SFPL! You all are true information activists!
Dear Fair Readers,
As many of you know, I have been on vacation in Florida. It was a great, and needed, time to relax and spend time with friends. I will get back to posting soon.
For now, I leave you with this thought. How can libraries help in Haiti? I, for one, think over the coming months and years libraries will have a great opportunity to help the Haitian people. Proper information may have helped decrease the toll taken on the people of this proud nation.