We got into the studio and got our instructions (push the cough button if you have to cough) and, before I knew it, we were on the air. This topic was libraries as places for civil discussion and I think we made our point. You can hear the podcast of our appearance here.
I tried to interject as much as I could about how libraries are the PERFECT place to have difficult conversations. And that is something I truly believe - not something I crafted for a call-in radio show. I've been to moderating training with both the National Issues Forum and the Center for Civic Reflection. I think it is so important that I spend my very precious "off-time" reading up on all the new techniques and skimming new readings that might be helpful. If libraries become the place to have the discussions, our value rises. If a municipal official or a business owner and needs to tackle a difficult issue, the first person that they should think of is their local librarian. That's how you stay relevant.
It takes a special guy to put up with me and my working hours. I'm really lucky I found him!! (Thanks, match.com!)
After normal library director stuff - personnel issues, weeding, etc. - I finally made it to our monthly board meeting with stacks of paper and a lot to say. The meeting went much longer than normal because there is so much going on. I introduced the board to the next "big thing" - The Discover Earth exhibit which we will be hosting in May of next year. I think I said something like, "Imagine the largest event that we ever did - then stretch it out over six weeks. During summer reading." They were all excited and nobody groaned. Because they understand about what we're all trying to do. Lucky again!
At the end of the day, I came home - exhausted. I fell asleep listening to a podcast of the radio show - because my husband was at work and missed it in the morning. In the end, I'm very happy I did the show - no matter how much angst it gave me leading up to it. I'd call it a success and hope that my fellow librarians feel the same way.