When it comes to change librarians, like most people, usually subscribe to 1 of 2 schools of thought. Change is to be avoided, delayed or downright stymied at all costs or change is to be sought out, welcomed and embraced. Personally I like change; it can give us a fresh perspective, allows us to see things in a new light and can often bring the most wonderful people into our path.
But not all change is good or welcomed or embraced. Such is the change wrought in our organization with the passing of our friend Ken Davenport. While I never got to work with Ken in person, I did speak with him over the phone, chatted with him online, exchanged notes on Facebook and have read through the minutes of meeting that described his contributions to our association. Ken did not seek praise or even acknowledgement for his contributions, he simply wanted to make a difference in the lives of those who served in small and rural libraries, so they could in turn make a difference in the lives of those in their communities.
We honor Ken’s work when we take up that mantle, when we become the ones who strive to make a difference. A difference in the lives of our co-workers, friends, family and in our communities. It’s a big task, a nobel calling; and it will make a change in the lives of those around us. A good change, one we can embrace and welcome, and pass along.