“The Thing Is” text
My good friend, Marta Brunner (who is the brilliant library director at Skidmore College) and I wanted to start a podcast about libraries making positive change in the world– but then we learned that there are something like 800,000 active podcasts– and we asked, does the world really need one more? We decided not. Instead, we’re trying something a little different: Introducing “Project: The Thing Is.”
The concept is simple. We ask library colleagues and supporters (maybe even some non-supporters): What’s one thing we can act on right now- no matter how large or small– to help make libraries a better place for all? The thing is– there are a lot of great things happening in libraries, but it’s hard to keep up with one another. We also know that there are a lot of great ideas out there that have not yet been fully realized. Our hope is that this project can serve as inspiration for all of us to consider what is possible in libraries and beyond.
Since we launched the project in March 2021, we’ve been joined by guests from all different types of institutions (including posts from Davidson colleagues, Sundi Richard, Cara Evanson, and Yancey Fouche). Colleagues have shared ideas ranging from embracing flexible working schedules to building cultural competence in library workers. Interested in hearing more? Follow us on Instagram or Facebook! If you’d like to participate, just message me for more information.