What have I been up to?

I believe in transparency.  I’ve said that many times, in many different venues, and I’ll say it again.  I believe that most people are doing their best given their understanding of how they fit into the overall goals of their organization, and that people can do better work when they understand those goals and that fit.  People can only understand those things if they have the information that will let them create that understanding.  Not just the “need to know” information, but lots of information.  All the information, if possible and helpful.  The more you know, the more you can understand…

The problem with fostering a culture of sharing lots of information is that it takes a lot of time.  Lots of talking time.  Lots of listening time.  Lots of typing time.  Lots of reading time.  Being well-informed, and informing others well, is a time-intensive task.

So that’s what I’ve been doing lately, for those who are wondering: Lots of talking, listening, typing, and reading.  Learning about my new responsibilities, learning about the work of others, learning about issues important to the College as a whole, learning about my colleagues, coworkers, and peers.  Learning in service of fostering an environment of transparency that can in turn foster independent critical thinking.

Because that’s what we do, right?  Foster independent critical thinking?  I mean, we’re a library at a liberal arts college.  What better goal for our own growth and development could I ask for than one that matches our goal for the growth and development of our students?

*talk talk talk* *listen listen listen* *type type type* *read read read*

It doesn’t leave much time for other things right now, as I progress through my learning curve, but I believe it’s worth it.

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