Career and Caregiving; Or why am I so exhausted?

Oh, yikes. I was going to blog more regularly this semester. Oops. OK, maybe NEXT semester I will keep to it. I’ve just been SO busy and also, I’m not one to just blog to put it out there so bear with me while I try to do it as often as possible ­čÖé I … Continue reading Career and Caregiving; Or why am I so exhausted?

Navigating the Culture at Your New Place: Advice to Take or Leave

Look at me! Two blog posts! Two weeks! Yippee! OK, I’m writing this from the perspective of someone who has been in her job for four years now but even for me sometimes it still feels new or there are things about the culture here that I learn or unearth that make me go “Hmmmmm.” … Continue reading Navigating the Culture at Your New Place: Advice to Take or Leave

Shifting Your Career Trajectory: When You Love Where You Live

First, I didn’t blog like all summer. I’m not really sorry. I had a lovely summer and got some stuff done but I would consider it a sort of slacking off period that my brain really needed. I find this blogging thing really hard to do because I have a lot of ideas about my … Continue reading Shifting Your Career Trajectory: When You Love Where You Live

Gender and Leadership: A Webinar Edition

Hi! I haven’t blogged in a million years. I’m going to try and fix that soon. But my friend and co-conspirator Jessica Olin and I co-presented last week for the ALA-APA. The webinar was called “Salary and Leadership: Bridging the Gender Gap in Libraries.” I think this can help give a little background into #libleadgender, … Continue reading Gender and Leadership: A Webinar Edition

Library Leadership as Performance Art

Last night during a really awesome #libleadgender discussion on Twitter, my friend @erinaleach posed this question: Gendered expectations for leaders is one version of performance. How else do we ask our leaders to perform? #libleadgender It took me a minute. And then it made my brain explode in that way where I think “I have … Continue reading Library Leadership as Performance Art

Protecting You from Yourself: Asking for Help is Not Failing

This post is especially for those librarians who are still newish to their jobs. I mean, it can be for other people, but I think newer people fall into these traps more easily or at least they do in my experience. Tell me if this scenario is familiar. You’re still one of the new people … Continue reading Protecting You from Yourself: Asking for Help is Not Failing

Why is it so hard to ask for help?

Today’s blog post is┬áinspired by a snippet of a longer conversation with some of my library lady friends. And it is one that I’ve had over and over with friends. It went something like this, “Oh yeah, I have a hard time asking for help.” “Me too,” several of them echoed. Here’s the thing for … Continue reading Why is it so hard to ask for help?

Lost in Librarianship: Where I Wonder Where and If I Still Belong

I posed a thought today to Twitter that I was basically thinking about blogging (this post!) about not feeling like I belong anywhere in librarianship anymore and wondered if I should do that because, well, it’s depressing. I got a lot of feedback from others encouraging me to write it, so here it is. If … Continue reading Lost in Librarianship: Where I Wonder Where and If I Still Belong

Be Kind

File this short and sweet post under “Random Friday Thoughts” and brought to you by a couple of discussions I’ve had today with┬álibrarian friends. Let’s all practice these three rules today (and always if you can.) Everyone has their baggage, their stuff they carry around, don’t judge, just listen and be kind. There is so … Continue reading Be Kind