1. Working on: Documenting and supporting how we ask for and receive gifts and funds to support our programs. We are working with our team to sort out the issues with the acceptance by the campus of the Wadewitz collection, and this has been a new challenge for me. We (Cate, ExTeam) are also working on draft library guidelines to clarify how grants activity is supported in the library. We’ll be ready to share this draft with everyone in the library soon. By the way, Cate is making great headway on the issue of gifts of art, at the campus level. She’s leading two campus committees who are updating campus policies for handling the “soft” and harder-nosed aspects of accepting artwork gifts.
2. Excited about: The Shepley Bulfinch visit yesterday, and their “reveal” of so many exciting ideas to work with over the coming months and years. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported the day of meetings, conversations; special thanks to all those who helped us share the visuals and ideas with the campus: great job with the Twitter feed Conny; and Patrick, with capturing the open forum talk – we’ll be sharing the link to the Vimeo today.
3. Thinking about: Estimating how long things will take us, or how long they’ll take other people. It’s very common to underestimate the time needed for complex tasks, both for ourselves, and for others. How to avoid this? Any ideas? Would it help to share our estimations more publicly with each other? A quote from Douglas Hoftstadter about this (it is also a great example of recursion…and that will get you thinking):
“It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.”
Have a great weekend.