It's been a long one but I'm now wrapping up my first full day on the job as the City Librarian for the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library! This workday started like they all will for the foreseeable future: with a 45 minute drive from Sacramento south to Stockton through California's Central Valley (I have a feeling I'm going to be one of Stockton's biggest audio book customers!) followed by a couple of hours of orientation with the City of Stockton before I finally made it to the Library for real.
Having finally made it to my office, I met several very friendly and enthusiastic Library People, had a chance to catch my breath, and then the day started in earnest. I've been in meetings essentially for the past four hours! And judging by my calendar (it is seriously filling up FAST!), there will be lots more to come. I'm not a meeting hater, though; I am anxious to become familiar with the ins and outs of this library and this community and talking with those who have been here a while is the best way to do that!
The rest of this week has me meeting with plenty of folks from the branches, folks from other City divisions, and getting deep into planning for next year's budget. I'm looking forward to learning a ton and contributing in every way I can to this excellent library system!