Our new branch manager is starting this week.  Over the decade that I’ve worked in my branch I’ve seen a lot of turnover — in fact, every other librarian who used to work in my building back when I started has quit, retired, or transferred.  Every time the staff knew that someone new was coming, we reacted with a certain amount of trepidation.  Sometimes people came with horrible reputations that preceded them (like Captain Bringdown and our former regional librarian), and they generally lived up to their expectations.  Sometimes they came with good recommendations, and turned out to be a mixed bag.  Of course, it’s one thing to know someone from seeing them at meetings and another thing entirely to know someone from working in the same building.

So for now, we’re all waiting to see if our new branch manager is a good librarian, a good manager, and a good person.  Let’s see what happens.