surf’s up

A good friend once told me how to learn to surf: paddle out, practice, watch the waves, stand up.

While my colleagues have been traveling, I’ve been musing about all the work they are doing to bring changes to our communities. We know a thing or two about changes here at RLG Programs, having surfed a bit of organizational change ourselves. Now we’ve changed locations, too. I’m one of the few with time to post a handful of observations about change, none terribly profound:

-some people surf better than others

-they’re not always the ones you’d think

-some waves are better than others

-sometimes you catch them, sometimes you don’t

-keep your head up, there’s always another one coming

-some changes are faster or easier than other changes

-changes can cause other unanticipated changes

-everything takes longer than you want it to

-it’s not necessarily true that ‘plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose’


Jennifer Schaffner was a Program Officer with the OCLC Research Library Partnership. She worked with the rare books, manuscripts and archives communities. She worked with OCLC Research from 2007 to 2015.

One Comment on “surf’s up”

  1. And as a former beach rat, I’ll add:

    – Surf long enough and you *will* find yourself eating sand, but that doesn’t mean you should stop.

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