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
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
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
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
Today’s blog post is inspired 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?
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
Well, happy new year! So, this is the time of year when everyone is all refreshed and happy and ready to take on the world, right? I don’t make personal resolutions. I’ve made myself some big goal promises in my life that I think are good and will be helpful, but I don’t do the … Continue reading New Year, New Work Resolutions
File this short and sweet post under “Random Friday Thoughts” and brought to you by a couple of discussions I’ve had today with librarian 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
I’ve been working in academic libraries for more than a decade. This time in the semester always feels overwhelming, like there is a ginormous pile of work that I will never get to and a million people needing my time and meetings, meetings, meetings. At the end of the semester, we live in crisis and … Continue reading Getting Myself Out of Crisis and Survival Mode
So, I don’t know about you, but right about this time in the semester I start to really get down on myself for all of the things I didn’t get to or finish before the end of the semester. (I know we have a couple of weeks still, but you know what I mean.) Do … Continue reading Pat Yourselves on the Back: You’ve Done Good Work Edition!