8 months, 3 weeks and 5 days ago, I took over as interim director of my library.
Tomorrow, I turn the reins of command over to our new director with a mixture of relief, excitement and trepidation.
It's been a serious learning curve over the last few months for me, and I'm grateful now for the chance to return full-time to the job I love, instead of the interim job usurping every ounce of strength I had.
I've dealt with a furniture installation, a personnel problem that become so severe that attorneys were consulted before it was resolved, evicting people from the library for months at a time for various infractions, I've handled police visits, the writing and presenting of a Capital Projects plan, the writing of our 2007 budget, attending bookkeeping workshops and networking get-togethers, I've survived the arduous process of showing potential directors around and gauging how they would fit in with the staff of our library, wrote the agenda for 9 board meetings and then presented at the meetings, and dealt with all the things that were never laid out in the job description.
I'm more tired and drained than I've ever been in my life, and while I've been appreciative of learning new things, I'm grateful to return to what I really LOVE - because budgets, bureaucracy, human resources and managing people are not what I love to do at this point in my life.
Collection development, working reference, playing with technology, planning programs, and making APL the best it can be for our adult patrons is where I thrive, where I get my energy, and where I see rewards for a good day's work.
Someday, I will make a great director, but starting tomorrow, I just want to return being a great librarian.