A New Adventure Begins
It is a truly bittersweet time for me.
On July 1, 2010, I will start a new adventure as the Director of the Six Mile Regional Library District serving the Granite City, Mitchell, and Pontoon Beach communities. When the opportunity to apply for this position opened, I was excited to consider the possibility of returning to my hometown library. I started my library career at the Granite City Public Library many years ago as a page. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to return to my hometown library to give back with everything I have learned and experienced over the years. I am elated to be embarking on this next chapter in my career and to be offering my dedication to providing service to these communities.
At the same time, it has been a truly rewarding experience to serve as the Executive Director of the Lewis & Clark Library System and I am sad to go. I will miss seeing the fabulous LCLS staff on a daily basis. I have learned so much in this position that has made me a stronger and more understanding leader. I have both benefited from and been beneficial to LCLS. LCLS is more than a building, more than a service, and even more than the combination of the staff and members; it is a culture of cooperation and partnership for the betterment of our collective communities. I will deeply miss working for LCLS and our members.
There are several additional things, though, that make this transition a bit easier:
- I will continue to benefit from a close relationship with LCLS
- I will continue to support the System in every way possible
- I will still have relationships with LCLS members
- I don’t have to move
- I won’t be “on the road” quite as much
- I’ll get to start over with a new email address
So, I want to take this occasion to thank you for your support, challenges, and commitment. This has been a terrific ride and I feel that I am a better person for it.
The LCLS board and staff will continue to work hard to provide the best service possible, especially under the difficult financial situation we all find ourselves in. My last day of employment with LCLS will be June 30, 2010; however my last day in the office will be June 22nd. Oh, and I believe my new email address will be firstname.lastname@example.org.
With my very best regards and hopes for a bright future for us all,