Libraries, The Beach Boys and Libraries

The Beach Boys and Libraries PART 7 (END)

Being a librarian can be a really, really hard job.  There’s a lot to be expected from us…we’re community leaders, we’re experts on books/technology/social media/pop culture/history/etc, we’re managers, we’re performers, and so much more.  The list really never ends.

In my own personal journey in dealing with my professional identity as a librarian, I’ve turned towards many things to help me sort out who I am and who I want to be. But my recent obsession with The Beach Boys and their music and history has taught me so much about the journey I’ve taken to reach this point.

To sum up my posts, these were the points I highlighted:

  • YOU NEVER LOSE YOUR GIFT.
  • EVEN IF THINGS DON’T GO AS PLANNED, IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD.
  • EXPERIMENT AND PUSH BOUNDARIES BECAUSE WHO KNOWS, YOU MAY END UP CREATING SOMETHING AMAZING.
  • ALWAYS REMEMBER TO LAUGH.
  • ALWAYS PUT YOUR HEART INTO IT.
  • FOCUS ON WHAT YOU DO BEST AND DO THAT.

When I re-read my posts, it dawned on me that all of the things I learned were very human things.  Going forward, I believe that this is where the libraries of the future will move ahead.  Human interactions are at the core of what we do.  They will trump any discussion on ebooks, content, materials, budgets, and more.

The patron that leaves with a smile are the best things we could have for us as we move forward.

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5 thoughts on “The Beach Boys and Libraries PART 7 (END)”

  1. Thanks for this series. Libraries are about people and stories (in a whole bunch of formats and the people are also the stories). You have been using the Beach Boys as a story, and as story tellers to help tell the story of your own library journey/story.

    Thanks for highlighting these ideas, and I look forward to your next series (whenever it happens).

  2. Even though your posts were written some time” ago, I just stumbled upon them because I googled, “i’m obsessed with the beach boys in an effort to explain this latent appreciation of their music. After watching the movie, “Love and Mercy,” I wanted to know more about the creative genius behind Brian Wilson’s recording Pet Sounds. I love reading biographies, because I’m curious to know what the driving force was behind the person to succeed in spite of the odds against them. (Kinda like my own life story). I very much enjoyed reading your seven part series on paralleling the Beach Boys with libraries. I am an elementary school librarian, and am constantly being knocked senseless at the amazing work found in picture books or Newbery Award novels. Maybe because we deal with a multitudinous volume of sheer genius on a daily basis? Whatever it is, my family and friends are trying to get me to find other things to talk about other than the Beach Boys. But, I was the same way when David Bowie died, and when Jimmy Page’s autobiography was published. Think I can now safely say, “I’m not a mod, I’m a rocker.” SMiLE!

    1. HI! Thank you so much for reading this, for the comment, and for sharing your BB love with me! I am so glad this post came your way. Let’s talk BB and Brian Wilson. Have you heard the album “Friends”???? To me it is one of their best!

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