It was bound to happen some time; I just didn’t expect it to be so soon. At yesterday’s TBR deans and directors meetings, I realized that I was now one of the seasoned veterans. Yep, now more than 50% of the group came on board after I did. Three directors retired at the end of last year, which made the final push into the old guard complete.
Although I am going to miss those folks who retired, who showed me the way when I first became head of the Mayfield Library, I certainly am enjoying getting to know the new folks, hearing their new ideas and seeing our state libraries from a different perspective.
What I don’t particularly like is being classified as one of “experienced” deans. I feel about as ignorant as I did back when I joined the group in 2002. I know a few more terms, have a little more savvy in dealing with purchasing, and realize now that the field is changing so fast that we all feel overwhelmed. But what I don’t feel prepared to be is a mentor for anyone. When I consider the wisdom and encouragement that Vicki, Rita, and Mary Evelyn provided, I know I’ll never be that wise and be able to help anyone they way they did me. So I apologize to the new folks for my lack in these areas. But, luckily, you have other great folks who will provide much guidance.
Maybe that’s my problem with being part of the old guard. I’ve grown older, but not wiser.