In any case, Simon had a few tips on middle management.
- If all you're hearing about is the budget, then you can assume that any costly product is a no-go.
- Are other libraries doing it? This might be important information.
- Capitalize on strengths. Do you have a staff member who's being wasted in the spot they're in? Give people challenging projects. Don't waste them. Do your library and your IT department coexist peacefully? If so, take advantage of that. Then go talk to your boss. But still don't be attached to your idea.
- Reward people who are truthful. This makes the environment lighter and better.
- There's a time for getting information, and a time for being done.
We've all been in the position of having a great idea, and then having that great idea stymied. It's still not clear what to do about this, but having Richard hold his problem up to the light for us to look at and think about is very helpful, as is the recognition that you (okay, me) are not the only one in this situation.