It's a New Dawn, A New Day....

CIMG4881Now that it's all official, I can tell y'all my news.

I have a new job.

After a year in the office, our director of APL (whom we found after I served as interim director for nine months) has chosen to resign and take a library position elsewhere in the Hoosier State.

As such, I have stepped into the role of Director of the Alexandrian Public Library.

Two years ago, when the job was open, I wasn't ready.

I didn't know enough, I was still learning, I was just a kid, I enjoyed my current job, I wanted to protect my friendships and my psyche from doing something I wasn't ready to do.

I'm ready now.

If I can handle writing a capital projects plan, if I can handle writing a budget, if I can handle a staff dispute that nearly went legal, if I can laugh when things break, if I can wrangle this staff of incredibly talented, creative people, if I can do all this...

I can do this job.

And the best part?

I've done all of the above, but this time, for real.

Everyone has been saying "you should have done this two years ago!" but I knew myself, and I wasn't ready.

Now, I'm ready.

I couldn't be more pleased that the Board has trusted me to take over the reins of my library, and while the pay raise will no doubt be nice, the affirmation I've gotten from the staff in the last week is worth even more to me.

I can't wait!

Here's to new challenges!

(Above is a gerbera daisy from the bouquet Becca sent - thanks, girlie!)


Joshua M. Neff said...

Wow! Congratulations!

Will you still get to do book displays? And go to Internet Librarian?

Marissa said...

I'm hoping to sneak in the odd book display here and there. ;-)

I'm not going to Internet Librarian this year, because our budget is very lean - ironic, as one of the main things I want to accomplish as director is revamping our website, web presence, etc. Maybe next year...

IL rocks!

Are you going? Have a fantastic time! :-)

And thanks for the congrats, too! :-)

Megan E. Foldenauer said...


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Anonymous said...

Congrats! That's totally awesome. You're in charge of a WHOLE library. That's pretty neat!

Anonymous said...

Great news!! Congratulations!


PoBaL said...

Man! Congratulations! I know you'll be awesome at it.