D’Amour library sends out a newsletter to Western New England University faculty and staff once or twice a year to share what we’ve been working on. The job of coordinating and editing the newsletter went to me (though my director graciously let me postpone that task until the end of my first semester in the position to let me acclimate a little). As editor, I brainstormed story ideas and solicited more from others, called for writers and assigned stories, contributed to the newsletter myself, set the layout, and coordinated printing and distribution of the final product. This was the first full-color edition of the D’Amour Newsline, and I received a ton of positive feedback from many WNE employees. See a PDF of the Spring 2016 newsletter here.
This was really my first taste of project management, and I found myself actually enjoying the process. Delegating tasks is something I’ve been uncomfortable with in the past, but realizing that my colleagues had greater institutional knowledge as well as strengths complementary to mine really helped me feel good about letting go of the reins and serving primarily as a facilitator of other peoples’ ideas. Setting deadlines and keeping everyone to them (including myself) and making sure everything was where it needed to be down to the last detail was like a fun puzzle to solve. Though a relatively small project, through taking this on I developed some organization and leadership skills that I’m sure will come in handy in the future.