Home > Libraries and Librarians > LJ Library of the Year

LJ Library of the Year

san diego county libraryLibrary Journal has announced that San Diego County is their Library of the Year.  Take some time to take a look at the article that explains their win.  It’s definitely worth a read.

For me, as a library manager and leader, I took great satisfaction in seeing the way that their director Jose Aponte faced budget cuts and the results of him standing by his staff:

The use of SDCL has exploded despite budget cuts of 30 percent over the past three years. The staff of 290 have been energized by a management team and style under Aponte that empowers them to take risks, come up with new ideas, and offer levels of service that meet people’s needs and solve their problems. Aponte’s decision to manage the budget cuts through staff attrition and reductions in other resources, rather than layoffs, has paid off in creativity and teamwork.

You can see that it all comes down to Aponte’s inclusive approach:

“We believe staff should be able to serve anywhere, anytime in the library system,” Aponte says. That has translated to encouraging staff to pitch in where they can and to risk initiating programs and services without fear of disapproval if they don’t always work out. The SDCL director believes good relations with the staff and unions are “paramount to success.”

There are many more factors to his success, including technology and life-changing programs done in collaboration with organizations.  But for me, it is the inclusive, open and risk-welcoming approach that makes all of it possible.

About these ads
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: