|Library Rock Stars: Marcellus Turner|
There are many kinds of rockstars and it’s fascinating to read about what makes them so. The stars you will read about here in the coming months won’t be seen in movie galas...
don’t make it to the charts in music videos, and are not running for political office in 2012. They are real true genuine and to the bone library rock stars!
First on this year’s list is Marcellus Turner, hired in August 2011 as the Director of the Seattle Public Library.
Seattle Met interviewed Turner in August 2011, and Turner began by stating that “Seattle really, really loves its library. It’s always good to go to a job where people love what you do.”
An August 1, 2011 article by Katherine Luck in Journal Newspapers reports:
Following a nationwide search, Turner was chosen to oversee a $50 million budget, 640 employees and 26 new or renovated branches.
Turner speaks of embracing best practices while being both financially sound and technologically advanced. It also means working with staff to implement a participatory management system. He referred to this model as “collegially governed,” with everyone having an opportunity to be heard. “We do that because it puts frontline staff in touch with what needs to be going on and [allows them to] communicate it to the administration,” he said.
And for some real insight into his personality and perspective from the 11th floor of the library in downtown Seattle enjoy this interview with "M.T." by Rosette Royale, Assistant Editor of Real Change.
If you’ve sensed some common ground with WCLS and in fact with all libraries, you are right. The vision, values, and community needs are similar; developing strategic plans is the road map; and hiring rock stars at all levels helps!
Watch for the next installment of “Library Rock Stars”—who will it be?
Joan Airoldi, WCLS Director