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!
I’ve written before about how thankful I am that I am a librarian because it is really a wonderful profession. I’ve also written before about the peer group of librarians that has meant so much to me. So, this week’s post is a note of thanks for the last year. What. A. Year. Here are … Continue reading Giving Thanks to Librarianship: #thankslibrarianship
So, here I am after procrastinating on this post. Well, on this blog. I swear, I am actually passionate about putting my thoughts out there but sometimes I just don’t have the mental energy. I feel like I’ve been running out of that mental energy a lot lately. But, this post comes out of my … Continue reading Imposter Syndrome rears its ugly head; or why everyone is always smarter than me so I don’t contribute to online discussions
We are back for some Friday Thoughts, people. Here’s my deep thoughts for today: you absolutely, positively, have to stay engaged in your profession at large. If you don’t, you will just become a stifled, stale version of yourself. Maybe to you this sounds obvious, but here’s the thing. We all know some librarians who … Continue reading Staying Engaged