Hello My Name Is…
“Call me Ishmael”, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, and my personal favorite “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” All great books have a memorable beginning, and these are just a few of the more famous first lines from the books: Moby Dick, A Tale of Two Cities, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
As I start my time here at the Rowan County Library I hope for a memorable beginning, because a good start sets the tone for the whole story. Beginnings are a magical time. Everything seems fresh and exciting, and the possibilities are endless. I look at the Library and I see great things and unlimited potential. I see an excellent staff that works hard and offers great service. I see a supportive community that is engaged in what the library has to offer. I see strong leadership in the local government officials who understand and support the library’s goals and mission. Finally, I see a great library board that is dedicated to making Rowan County the best library it can be.
When contemplating my future at the library I am ever mindful of the library’s mission and vision statement:
“The Rowan County Public Library exists because of the citizens of Rowan County. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for those citizens by providing materials and information for their leisure and lifelong learning needs.
The library will serve as a focal point of the community by rendering exceptional service and an inviting, comfortable environment for reading, research, meetings, programs and activities.”
My goal as the director is not just to continue offering the excellent service that the library has always provided but to expand it. We need to look for opportunities to increase our offerings to children, the elderly, and the disabled. I want to find the holes in our service and fill them with quality programs. In addition to what we already have in place I want to explore new and emerging technologies that will continue to move the library into the future. I want the Commonwealth to view Rowan County as a hub of forward thinkers, innovators, movers and shakers and I believe that the library plays a pivotal roll in creating that culture.
I look forward to this next part of my life and I am very excited to get started, all things have a starting point and this just happens to be one of mine.
As my chapter begins, the chapter for another is ending. Helen Williams has written a great story, the Rowan County Library has flourished under her guidance and she will be greatly missed. We all wish Helen the very best as she closes this chapter and starts another. I am reminded of the final lines of the Virginia Wolfe novel To the Lighthouse: “Yes, she thought, laying down her paint brush in extreme fatigue, I have had my vision.”