I am putting my blog on hiatus through the end of July, which is turning out to be a busy month for many reasons, both professional and personal. In the meantime, I encourage you to read the first two posts in my series Lunch hour interview: View from the director’s desk. I want to thank both Kathy and Deb for allowing me into their “homes” and sharing their thoughts with me. I sincerely appreciate their hospitality. I intend to post a third installment in August, but summer is a tough time to coordinate schedules and sometimes other factors get in the way. I do hope to see the series continue, though.

Next week, I will be attending The Pennsylvania Academy of Leadership Studies in Harrisburg. When I return here in August, I hope to write about that, too. If you happen to stumble upon my blog while I’m away, I hope you will take some time to read old posts to see if anything sparks your interest. And then please come back for more at the end of the summer.

But for now, I’ll leave you with what’s on my mind at the moment: Risk vs. reward. How does someone know when the risk is worth it? Taking risks is scary any way you look at it. Trying something new can result in unexpected benefits or disaster of epic proportion. When is fear of the unknown reason enough not to try?

My experience with the library world has taught me that risk-taking is especially difficult for us. We like to analyze and consider and mull over and chart and graph and review and predict every possible outcome before we take action. Maybe we’re so afraid because we have so much–and so little–to lose. By that I mean that because funds are always short, and we seem to have to fight for every dollar and prove our value and relevance at every turn, when we take risks and fail, we don’t always have a buffer to protect us from the hard fall.

And yet without risk, how will any real, necessary change occur where real, necessary change is needed? Sometimes taking a chance is the only way to find out what works and what doesn’t. Caution is one thing; paralysis is another. How do we find a balance that allows us to sometimes–sometimes–throw caution to the wind?

As always, I don’t know the answer. But I think it’s a question worth considering.

See you in August.