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Follow a Library Day.

I had a library patron ask me today for a book on what qualities leaders look for in their followers... and I thought, huh?

I thought it was the followers who had requirements for their leaders.

How much say should leaders have in who chooses to follow them? I mean other than in the movie Tommy when Roger Daltrey sings, "If you want to follow me, You've got to play pinball."

So what should a Library demand from its followers? Do libraries deserve to be followed?

In the case of Follow a Library day, these leading libraries only ask for support. For a few moments out of one day.

So is that enough?

Like so many of us in this post-post-modern world, we question the very definitions of each established belief or ideal. What do libraries mean to us today? How can we say we are followers when so many of us don't even know what makes our libraries great?

The simple answer is that libraries are buildings and that libraries are people. Great libraries can be great in one or the other area or both.

But great libraries also need great followers.

About a week ago, I was talking to someone about an audiobook that I got from the library and I felt awesome that I was trying to sell the library and make it sound cool and useful. I got this from the library; the library has this stuff, check it out, I practically shouted.

So one quality of a great library follower is someone who will proselytize. -- Read More

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