President's Message

By , August 25, 2009 5:19 pm

by Robyn Hagle

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may ask yourself
      well…how did I get here?
And you may ask yourself
How do I work this?
And you may ask yourself
Am I right? …am I wrong?
And you may tell yourself
My god!
   …what have I done?
– The Talking Heads

How the hell do you do this?
– Built to Spill

Every year for the last several years, I hope to remember to buy David Byrne tickets before they sell out in a matter of minutes.  Every year I fail at this task!  For the past week, I’ve been telling myself to walk to the Showbox (cash in hand — they don’t accept cards) to buy tickets to see my long-time favorite band, Built to Spill, in November.  I am a pragmatist, and this is a task better suited for me.  Built to Spill is in town for 2 nights and probably won’t sell out until the night of the first show.  If I keep reminding myself via countless Outlook reminders and free iPhone apps, I’m fairly certain I will make it to the show.  Why am I telling you this?  It’s not to scare you, I promise.

“But I’m so new!  But I’m so unseasoned!”  That’s what I kept telling myself for the last year as June’s business meeting approached, nearing the time I would assume the role of LLOPS President.  I am a newer member of LLOPS and a Gen Xer.  Those aren’t excuses.  They’re facts that impact my reality and inform the way I frame issues and see the world.  Another aspect of my reality is that I am truly a product of the LLOPS community.  I have been nurtured and coached by members of this organization since I first decided to become a law librarian nearly 6 years ago.  My entire history and identity as a law librarian have developed and existed within LLOPS.  While I have concerns and anxieties about what I’d like to accomplish as your President, I believe a healthy amount of fear is necessary to stay motivated and get things done.  I will do my best to make this organization proud and to effect change that is sustainable and realistic.  With that in mind, I’d like to share a couple of the things I’ve been working on.

The Executive Board met for the first time in mid-August and worked through a full agenda.  One item on the agenda, budget recommendations, originated with past president Nancy Noble.  I’m happy to report that the Executive Board agreed on budget recommendations for our various committees.  In communicating the board’s recommendations, I reminded committee chairs of some key considerations.  A few years ago, results of a LLOPS member survey showed that our membership believed we had sufficient money in the bank to allow us to collectively “spend down” our balance by offering longer programs, hiring high-caliber speakers for the professional development workshop, and offering additional scholarships (to name a few).  Our balance is now sufficiently reduced, and, accordingly, our spending should return to “normal.” (I’d rather not be known as the President who bankrupted LLOPS!)  That said, the budget recommendations we offered are but recommendations intended to be helpful to committees in brainstorming and planning.  I would like to encourage committees to approach the board with any special needs or ideas.

Earlier this summer, I solicited our membership for feedback on the idea of migrating the print LLOPSCited newsletter to a blog.  I received very little feedback, but the feedback I did receive was overwhelmingly positive.  As a result, we have acted on the idea.  Kristine Lloyd (brave soul) stepped forward as the first-ever LLOPSCited blog editor and contributor.  Tina Ching and Brandi Ledferd also stepped forward to volunteer their technical skills and expertise.  As of last week, the LLOPSCited blog was born.  If you’re reading this message, the blog is still alive!  The LLOPSCited blog will continue to evolve and change as we try out ideas and figure out what works and doesn’t work.  The blog will contain all of the regular LLOPSCited columns (Marketing Matters, the President’s Message, etc.) plus a whole lot more.  Content will be posted for your reading pleasure on a rolling basis.  The next year or so will be a learning process, so please stick with us as we iron out the details.  If you have ideas or questions about this process, get in touch with me.

For my parting words, I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who stepped forward to volunteer for committees this year.  Recruiting volunteers was a humbling experience.  It reminded me of the time in library school when I had to stand in front of the Seattle Public Library’s central branch and ask random passersby to complete surveys about the “library as place. ”  Much like the last few months, I walked away from that experience with a whole new appreciation for what it takes to be the one doing the asking.  I really appreciate your willingness to donate time to our small organization.

8 Responses to “President's Message”

  1. Kate S. says:

    Great article and the blog looks great! I also think the ability to add comments on the LLOPS Cited Blog will provide a great space for LLOPSters to engage in more casual dialogue about the profession, current library topics, and our local community. Nice work to all involved! 🙂

  2. Keith Pitts says:

    Now I’ll be walking around like Byrne in the “Once in a Lifetime” video.

    I’m excited about this format. Strong work!

  3. khelde says:

    Congratulations to Robyn, Kristine, Tina and Brandi! You’ve done a beautiful job putting this blog together and I’m looking forward to watching it grow.

  4. Rita K says:

    Excellent start, Robyn! Good message and I know you will be a great LLOPS President!

  5. Brenna Louzin says:

    Provocative opening shot across the LLOPS bow. Thanks for a an excellent message. And, bravo on going forward with a blog.

  6. Amy Eaton says:

    Although tempted to scream, first!, I will instead commend Tina, Brandi, Kristine and Robyn for a job well done. I look forward to using the LLOPSCited blog regularly.

  7. Fred Hanson says:

    How enjoyable to see a President’s Message lead with Talking Heads!!

  8. philippe c. says:

    LLOPSCited in electronic format / blog, I welcome these transitions and I’m sure absent-feedback-minded-persons do as well. I can’t wait to see what wild thing our President does next !

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