Lastly, some may look at this move and say that is crazy, risky, stupid, etc. He is flying without a parachute or a net. Yes, I agree to some extent that doing this is a bit risky, but sometimes in life we need to do things a bit different by trusting and have some faith that things will work out. Library culture isn’t typically a place that handles risk well, but on the other hand that is the nature of a library (a stable place and space). It is just that risk and challenge is what tends to make things new and sometimes great. it makes us stretch as individuals and as institutions. I feel that living such a risk in my own life then helps me to more fully understand how that process really plays out in many other facets of an organization. I hope that makes sense.
That said, I will be seeking any and all opportunities in the Seattle area that help me grow, learn and discover new possibilities as a contributor in creating experiences for people and communities that enhance and sustain their lives (and ultimately their stories).
Like Helene, I’d urge any and all Seattle area libraries to look at Matt’s excellent work history and implementations of outstanding service, his personal philosophies of library service and his innovative ideas and grab him!
Good luck to you Matt!