Creating my future (and a library)

I’m not really the artistically creative type, so for this month’s GLAM Blog Club I’ll be talking about creating the next stage of my career. Next month I’ll be starting a new job as the manager of a small special library. This role is my first ever management position, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge. It’s only a small library, but I think it’s a good fit for me in terms of moving ahead in my career.

The positions that I’ve held up until now have created this opportunity for me. I’ll be able to draw upon my academic library experience (working with university staff and postgraduate students) and my special library experience (working in a small team, doing a bit of everything, being innovative and creative). I think I’ll be able to put them all to good use to maintain and create a fantastic library service.

The episode of the Turbitt & Duck podcast which featured Justin Hoenke resonated with me in a couple of ways. Firstly, I think I’ll be able to relate to the “Wow, I’m the manager … what do I do?” scenario, as I’m pretty sure that will be me for the first few months of the job. Another thing I need to be aware of is to not get my new staff offside by introducing too many creative or innovative ideas straight away. I’ll also keep Justin’s advice about looking for the creative opportunities in mundane activities in mind.

As well as creating a new stage in my career, I’m also really excited to have the opportunity to help create a new library space. The library will be moving to the campus of its partner university (hopefully within 18 months – two years). This will provide me and my team with ample opportunity to think about creative ways to use the new space, and to make sure that we’re providing the best possible library service.

I’m looking forward to this next chapter of my career. It might even give me the creative spark I need to try and write more often!