The book that I started writing last year is done, edited and ready for publication in June. Here is a picture of the cover – now available for pre-order from the ALA store. I wanted to title the book “Learning from Others” because that was the focus of the writing but I got outvoted on that one!
The concept for the book was simple. I interviewed nine individuals who work in all different types of organizations – but not libraries. My goal was to explore whether people who do not work in libraries might have ideas that would help libraries address their very real need to redefine their role in their communities in order to stay useful and relevant to their constituents.
Did I succeed? I discovered some transformational ideas for my library. I interviewed some amazing, smart, helpful people from whom I learned a great deal. I came back to my job excited about where libraries are going and the possibilities that are out there. So, yes, I would say I succeeded! If you read the book, I hope you’ll feel the same way. I’ll look forward to hearing what you think.
P.S. Here is a list of my interviewees: Josh Davis, Gelato Fiasco; Walter Briggs, Briggs Advertising; Friz Grobe, EepyBird; Margot Atwell, Kickstarter; Chris Wilson, L.L.Bean; Vicki Loomis, Trendwatching.com; Brian Kevin and Ginny Wright, Down East Magazine; Meredith Jones, Maine Community Foundation; and Kate Cheney Chappell, Tom’s of Maine.