True Vision

October 5, 2010 at 3:40 pm 1 comment

I just returned last night from the Eureka! Leadership Institute. I was so excited to be invited to serve as a mentor this year. I attended the Institute in 2008 and it proved to be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my professional life. To return as a mentor was a tremendous gift to me, and I feel so fortunate to have been a part of it. Each year the fellows nominate four of their members to draft a vision for libraries that represents their class. Here is the awesome and inspiring vision from the class of 2010:

We, the Eureka! Fellows of 2010, believe the library is the first and best choice for people to achieve success and happiness in our communities.

Our library is a dynamic force for building strong communities by connecting us to one another and fulfilling our educational, economic, social and creative needs and potential.

  • Through our collections and programs, we advance learning, reading in all its different forms and literacy at all stages of life.
  • We design adaptable physical and virtual public spaces that bring people together around ideas and experiences.
  • We commit to creating a fearless and agile workforce who are motivated and driven to exceed customer expectations.
  • We pioneer innovative technology to maximize access to information, ideas and each other.
  • We stimulate economic vitality by partnering with local agencies to elevate the standard of life in our communities.
  • We facilitate democratic participation by providing platforms for discussion of critical issues to advance society and bridge divides.

Our library is a place to fulfill dreams.

(written by Roz Dones, Anna Hartman, Don Rowe and Jennifer Smith)

It still gives me chills. Wonderful job, class of 2010; I can’t wait to see what you do next!

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1 Comment

  • 1. Tracey Callison  |  November 19, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    This is fantastic – it’s giving me a great jumping-off point to think about future directions for my own institution, and I think it’ll be a great conversation starter. Thank you!


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