Monday, March 8, 2010
Yesterday, David Siders of the Stockton Record published a well-written piece about the new City Librarian (that's me!) for the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library. The piece was titled, "Starting in a Bind". The "bind" refers to our current budget concerns which are very real. However, after one week on the job here, I can't help but feel optimistic. Why? Well, the current Library budget is down 20% from last year and staffing at the Library is down 34% in the same period. And that's a reason for optimism, you ask? Of course not. But! I am so, so impressed with the staff here at the Library. The level of enthusiasm and love these folks show for their work is inspiring. Sure these are difficult times financially but, as the old saying goes, "this, to, shall pass". In the meantime, the staff here aren't just going through the motions while hanging their heads low. People are excited about providing wonder library service to their communities. The Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library is an exciting place to be right now!