It has been three years since my arrival to Davidson in July 2018 as the new Leland M. Park Director of the Davidson College Library. There are days that it feels like I’ve been in the job for decades…and other days where it feels like I’ve only just walked onto campus. When I think back to those exciting first months of being the “new library director” juxtaposed against the blur of leading the library through a pandemic, I wish I had kept a better journal of the whole experience: the challenges, the opportunities, our accomplishments as a team. It’s just so easy to forget where you’ve been and how far you’ve come if you don’t write it down–and although we were able to celebrate much of the library’s work in the 2021 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award package (we won!)– there’s always more to tell.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that there’s no better time than the present to make a change. So, I’m making room in my schedule for writing down what I want to remember about our library going forward —from the director’s desk–and sharing it here. The content may be a bit newsy, but I’m also thinking of this as a platform to reflect on the profession and the future of our incredible library here at Davidson. Because while the pandemic has brought much uncertainty, it has also shown us what really matters…and that the future of our library is most definitely bright.