Picking up the Torch…


It is with pleasure and with a great deal of trepidation that I take on Dr. Matthews’, my father’s, blog.  As I voiced to him, I fear that it will not continue to be the high level of scholarly work and academic reflection that he has made a hallmark of this blog over the last four years.  There is a reason he has those two initials in front of his name and those three initials at the back.  I do not. I am what I am and what that is is a 21st-century library director. Or at least that’s how I like to think of myself.  And that is exactly how I will continue this blog.
So for those who’ve come to read the reviews of and reflections upon scholarly works for writings about our field, I’m afraid you will be disappointed. As a library director I have a stack of periodicals and professional journals on my desk at all times… Very rarely do I actually have the time to Peruse them.
For those who may have come for philosophical reviews of other blogs and articles about Librarianship, I’m afraid you will be disappointed. I have many blogs bookmarked on my iPad and computer that I attempt to follow… Very rarely in the cast of the day do I find time to check them.
For those who come seeking theoretical and academic analysis on the trending themes of our profession, I fear you will be disappointed. I try to keep up with everyone’s ideas of what is happening on the front lines of Librarianship and I’m sure if I did I would have a million opinions.
Unfortunately, as a  library director, I find myself spending my days dealing with the issues that come across my desk from staff, vendors, politicians, trustees, budget, marketing, the latest technology being hawked in my email Inbox, etc.
Therefore as I continue this blog doing my very best to honor my father and what he has built here, I will do it by blogging about what I know… And that is the 21st-century library in action.  Names and specifics will be changed to protect the innocent (and the not so innocent). I hold paramount the tenants of ethics and privacy that are the foundation of our profession and will, in no way shape or form, forgo those in my blog postings. I will talk about the issues that I deal with on a day-to-day basis, the random thoughts that I have, and my musings for the future of our libraries and our profession.
Occasionally I will be off base or I may write something that you read and think “OH She doesn’t know about x,y,z…!”  You will be absolutely right! So drop me a comment! I hope this blog will inspire conversation, debate, and sharing of ideas and information.  That it will continue to be a spot where librarians everywhere who are busy ‘fightin the fight’ can drop by now and again and be inspired, informed, and, hopefully, amused.  A place to rest, recharge, and rearm to forge through our Library-Land with a bigger tool bag and fresher smile.
So buckle your seat belts, hold on and let’s take this baby out for a spin! Because the one thing I have learned about libraries during my 20+ year career that they did NOT teach me in library school is:  Libraryland is crazy ~ You can’t make this stuff up!!
Hopefully you will enjoy the ride with me.
Kimberly Matthews

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11 responses to “Picking up the Torch…

  1. Padgett Isaacks

    Sounds exactly like what I have been looking for; can’t wait to read more!

    • Kimberly Matthews

      I know there are a lot of blogs out there; but they all seem to have a specific niche…hopefully you will enjoy this one as it continues!
      Don’t hesitate to suggest a topic you would like covered!

      I wonder in amazement at how my dad has found so many years worth of subjects! I am hoping for suggestions!!

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  3. Anonymous

    Looking forward to your contributions – good luck Kimberly!

  4. David Keyt

    Your Dad’s writing, while interesting to read, was always too scholarly for me… sounds like your version is going to be more my style…

    • Kimberly Matthews

      I’ve always said my Dad is the most academic person I know! Smart as a whip that guy!!
      We each have our forte’s so hopefully you will all enjoy the blog just as much when I take it in my own direction!

  5. I am guessing that 21st Century Library Blog will continue to be on my list of essential readings.

  6. Julia

    I am proud of you for stepping up to give it a try, sounds like you already are off to a good start and knowing you it will branch into different directions. Just your old red neck cousin from the Midwest!! I have a friend whose daughter is at the library in St Louis, I will send them a link!! B:-)

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