This has been the Week of Writing (my own personal WoW):

  • Final edits for our new strategic plan before posting to our website this week (a PDF version is in the works);
  • A first full draft of our 14-15 annual report: we’re following a new model this year (this could be The One).  This year our external annual report will be executive summary-style:  only four pages + 1 additional page for each college, highlighting how the library supported them last year.  For us, there is more detail: department and program reports are shared on our wiki. 
  • Then there’s the library’s new fall quarterly update (replacing last year’s monthly faculty newsletter) – it will go out this month as an email to Cal Poly and to friends; final edits completed yesterday.
  • And not least, the “Annual Publication,” our glossy annual round-up of profiles and stories that we share with a broad audience.  Our copy deadline is Monday.

There’s been no shortage of excitement this week, with the fantastic Tim’s Vermeer events being a real highlight. And yesterday was also the official opening day for our new One Button Studio.  If you haven’t checked it out already, take a look at Room 304 – a place where students and others can easily practice and capture a persuasive ‘pitch’ – think business pitch – but also job interview, thesis defense, research presentation. Funds for the studio equipment came from a generous Orfalea gift. To thank him we invited Dean Scott Dawson to stop by yesterday and throw out the ‘first pitch.’  He did a great pitch for the studio!

The passing of Yogi Berra, catcher for the Yankees, this week, brought smiles to our faces, remembering his wonderful sayings.  Like many of them, this one makes you think:

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.” 

A good saying for the week we release our strategic plan! 

The_Power_of_ThreeAnother Yogi-ism:  Pair up in threes.”  That got me going on the power of three, which has a lot of varieties, from the Doctor Who episode, to research on persuasion,  to the  UC libraries’ “POT,” instituted in 2011 as a way to get things done.  I’m thinking about how, in our own way, pairing up in threes might help us get where we’re going.

Enjoy the weekend,