WILL UNWOUND #422: “I’m Back in the Game”April 20, 2011
Today I got the call I had been waiting and hoping for.
The City Clerk’s Office here in Livermore called me to congratulate me for being selected to the Library Board of Trustees.
This means that I am back in the game.
Retirement is great for many things but there is a certain segment of the profession that looks upon retirement as a kind of pre-death that strips you of your professional credibility. More than one or two observers felt that as a retired guy I should get off stage, stop blogging about library things I now know nothing about, and by golly for good measure walk away from my American Libraries and Booklist columns before I become too senile and too embarrassing.
Now I’m officially back in the game and my critics will have to deal with it.
Not only am I back in the game but I’m back in the game in the most important position possible. I spent my working life in local government and public libraries and in that time I learned something you can take to the bank – no one is more important to the future of public libraries than trustees.
How many thousands of barrels of ink do you think have been devoted to library advocacy over the past five years? It doesn’t equal the national debt but it’s getting there. Unfortunately 99.9% of what has been written about advocacy never mentions the word trustee. Therefore 99.9% of these writings have been not only useless but counterproductive.
Trustees represent voters. Librarians represent librarians. Why is that so hard to understand?
So…I’m honored and excited to be back in the game. Gotta run and update my bio. I’m a trustee!