I am so honored to be recognized as one of the 2009 Library Journal Movers & Shakers and even more honored to be listed alongside Sarah Houghton-Jan who has been an inspiration, friend, and sounding board to me for the past few years.
I really have to thank my library – including our director, Charles Brown, and my manager, Rick Ricker, for supporting my endeavors, ideas, and my own learning. Without their support I wouldn’t have been able to take part in many of the opportunities that have come my way.
Thanks to Helene Blowers and Sarah Washburn for the nomination and kind words that they said. “Learning is at the core of Lori,” has to be one of my favorite quotes.
And lastly my husband, Russ, who has been Daddy of the Year while I have been busy working, writing, and finishing school. Thank you for all that you do.
So here is what you can learn from this. There has to be learning here, right? Behind us all there are people who support us, mentor us, guide us, coach us. This is the key to any success – not just moving and shaking. Think about the people you have in your life who can help you achieve your goals? Are you utilizing them? Are you letting them know what you need? Now turn it around. Who can you support, mentor, guide, coach? Any good trainer (or learner) will tell you that the best way to learn is to do. When you help others you learn a lot about yourself. She or he who teaches learns twice. It’s amazing how that works.
There are so many people who deserve to be recognized for their contributions to the library profession that I almost feel guilty for receiving this. As Michael Porter put it, this could turn into an Oscar speech, but I just have to say thank you to all the people who have been there for me this past year through good times and bad (in no particular order): Peter, Paul, Pat, Pat, Sarah, Sarah, Sarah, Brenda, Jamie, Julia, Marianne, Maurice, Bobbi, Tony, Michael, David, David, Stephanie, Chris, Andrew, Helene, Russ, and last but not least the other Lori Reed (yes there are two of us and we live within a few blocks of each other) and her hubby for hosting my site. I hope I’m not forgetting anyone.
Keep on learning!