October 19, 2009

Become Change

"What I believe is that all clear-minded people should remain two things throughout their lifetimes: Curious and teachable."

See, first Doug Johnson and Joyce Valenza wrote this amazing article: Things that Keep Us Up at Night.

Then there was some grumbling about those "absent from the debate."

It's an interesting point, but the comments on that thread are what this is all about. Those absent from the debate are clearly choosing to be.

Buffy Hamilton says she is Refuting Inertness. Yes! I especially like her quote from this post by Oliver Blanchard. He's talking about the types of people that can manage things with all the contingent problems:

"It takes a special kind of person to be able to a) do that kind of work well, and b) love every minute of it.

It isn’t for everybody.

Excuses and blame don’t exist in this little world. There’s only what you did and what you didn’t do.

Sometimes, even the best laid plans just go awry.

For most people, that’s not a good thing…

…and for some of us, that’s when the real fun begins."


I also liked what Carolyn Foote had to say when it seemed like the debate was between those embracing technology and those not: "I don't think it's an either or" and she's right. It's not an either/or about just the technology tools.

It's about change. That's the real either/or. Either you embrace change or you don't. "Change" should define the library. Change and curiosity.

(image cc flickr)