Like you I’ve been soaking up fall conference week 2015. I liked what the President said at the end of his remarks on Monday, and through the week I’ve heard the President and Provost both echo the importance of balance in our lives, and kindness and respect in our work with each other. As we close in on defining our goals in the library for the year, we are also fine-tuning our strategic plan draft.  A new strategic outcome has been suggested (#11), to express the importance of how we support each other as a community and learn together. Cheryl and I are already working with Pat Hosegood Martin on some ideas for investing as an organization in individual and team professional development.  We’ll hold our own “fall conference” by tradition in early October when the flurry of the campus fall conference and the first weeks of classes have passed.  Our fall all-staff meeting will be a chance to share the year’s new directions, goals, and budget, as well as celebrate our own new staff.

We have an exciting line-up of fall activities and programs here at Kennedy Library: it looks like we’ll be hosting another Master Plan Open House in the atrium in early October – this will be a great opportunity for students and everyone to get a good look at those new campus core concepts. And Tim’s Vermeer, Banned Books, Elevator Pitch, and Open Access Week events are moving in like a great set of waves – exciting!  Speaking of events: in between this week’s fall conference activities I’ve been working with Karen, Cheryl, Adriana, Dale, Conny, and others to develop a transition plan for managing the rich portfolio of projects and responsibilities that Karen has shepherded in her work with us.  We have a good plan emerging and I’ll share it with everyone early next week after ExTeam’s Tuesday meeting.  Stay tuned also as we find a time next week to celebrate Karen’s success and wish her well in her new role at Orfalea.

One of my favorite music venues is the new(ish) SF JAZZ Center in San Francisco.  It may be 200+ miles away, but it offers amazing artist performances as well as workshops and community events – very cool. And – not a bad seat in the house. On Monday, the Long Now Foundation  is hosting a talk there by Otherlab  founder, Howtoons author  and MIT Media Lab grad Saul Griffith, “Infrastructure and Climate Change.  It’s not jazz – or is it?  ‘The scale of climate change requires thinking and acting in multi-decade terms at the level of infrastructure—personal as well as societal. If we get it right, “the result can be like living in a beautifully managed garden.” ‘ Sounds like great jazz to me.

Have a great weekend,

Anna

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