Go Big or Go Home!


My daughter reminded me of this truism the other day and it stuck in my head as words that should guide our profession. In this uncertain future, librarians need to …

Go Big or Go Home!

In recent Posts I’ve commented on visionary and excellent leadership, the high performing library, strategic management, and being “The Library” again. This saying seems to totally summarize those several hundred words.

Go Big or Go Home!

It’s always good to elaborate on what exactly something so seemingly obvious really means, because it’s not always obvious to everyone. Some people “get it”, but others think it’s too ambiguous.

Go Big or Go Home!

If something is worth doing it’s worth doing well – in the case of 21st Century Librarianship – it’s worth doing excellently! That’s what it will require in order for the institution of the library to survive, transform, and reinvent itself into the relevant institution that every community needs. Yes, every community NEEDS A LIBRARY, so…..

Go Big or Go Home!

or,

Either lead, follow, or get out of the way!

It’s far past time for discontinuous thinking, visionary leadership and 21st Century librarianship. In the future there is no place for timidity.

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5 responses to “Go Big or Go Home!

  1. I couldn’t have said it better!!!
    Libraries take heed and Go Big if you truly want to survive!
    Among the biggest obstacles are those who “refuse to get out of the way!”

  2. Yes, we need to step outside the comfort zone and stop second-guessing that that our patrons would “never go for something as innovative as that.” We need to be configuring libraries for the next generation of library users – future successful libraries will not be “your grandfather’s library.”

    • Marian T.

      Unfortunately, ‘your grandfather’ often visits my library, and he’s not willing to step aside yet, and all too prone to reminding me and my staff that his taxes support it, and he doesn’t think some of the things we are attempting to provide, purchase or allow are good uses of his bitterly handed over tax dollars. What should we say to him?

  3. Thank you for this post. It couldn’t have come at a better time for me and I must say I couldn’t have said it better myself. After 20+ years of managing and working in libraries and now over 10+ years of consulting with them, I continue for it to be my mission to work with libraries to do great things and to excel. I am going to re-post your message on my blog in hopes that we can keep spreading the message loud and clear. Thank you again.

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