The Worry Tank

What does it mean when two influential and well-spoken Library futurists incorporate the same cartoon in their presentations about libraries and librarians? I think it means we need to look at how we make decisions and the plans we put in place.

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Image from The New Yorker by Rox Chast

Both Stephen Abram, at CPL Scholars in Residence, and Geroge Needham, at the Gaming Symposium, used this cartoon in their talks. It resonates with me because I believe it’s true: do we worry too much about our services and plans that things take FOREVER to get done? Are we afraid of success? (“Oh my, what if 100 people IM us???”) Let’s remember the “worry tank” in out planning and strategy meetings, in fact, maybe we all should buy a print and hang it in our meeting rooms!