This is a great question, Shanna!
I remember dreaming about being a dean or director someday while I was in library school (2009-2010). Even though I am now a director of a small branch campus library, I did not apply thinking I was ready; in fact, I thought it was a reach. But, I had been laid off due to COVID in May of 2020, so I thought, why not try?
Lo and behold, in October of 2020, I began my first directorship. It's definitely a small pond here, however, I will know every aspect of library operations when I leave this role for whatever's next. Plus, I have an amazing boss, and that makes all the difference in the world for me.
I am just finishing my second master's this semester (MA in Transformational Leadership from Northeastern Seminary), but my brain is already skipping to thoughts about doctoral studies and maybe being a dean someday. Who knows?!
Kellie Barbato, MLS (she/her)
Director, Lineberger Memorial Library
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia
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