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Getting Myself Out of Crisis and Survival Mode

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

Pat Yourselves on the Back: You’ve Done Good Work Edition!

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!

Giving Thanks to Librarianship: #thankslibrarianship

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

Imposter Syndrome rears its ugly head; or why everyone is always smarter than me so I don’t contribute to online discussions

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

Staying Engaged

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

What Do You Hope People Say About You? Or, No One Will Ever Call Me Pleasant and That’s OK

A colleague and I were talking last week when he said, “So and so seems pleasant.” I thought about this for awhile afterwards because I kind of laughed to myself when I thought, “No one will ever call me pleasant.” And I decided I was OK with that. You see, my colleague didn’t mean it … Continue reading What Do You Hope People Say About You? Or, No One Will Ever Call Me Pleasant and That’s OK

Conflict Avoidance and Leadership

First, I missed Friday Thoughts last week so consider this Friday Thoughts on a Monday. Oh, well. I had good intentions and surely that should count for something. I’m in the process of writing an article with the fabulous Jessica Olin (@olinj on the Twitters) and I don’t want to steal anything from it, but … Continue reading Conflict Avoidance and Leadership

Friday Thoughts: The Importance of a Peer Group

So, lately I’ve really relied on a close group of peers to get me through some stressful stuff. They are invaluable to me. Some of them are close IRL friends. Some I just know through this wonderful profession of ours (thank you, Internet!) I trust them enough to share my deepest insecurities, my worst fears, … Continue reading Friday Thoughts: The Importance of a Peer Group

Friday Thoughts: I’m Exhausted

So, where has the time gone already in this shiny new Fall semester? I HAVE NO IDEA. (This is a famous phrase in my house. The boy child says it a lot, especially in response to “Where are your shoes?” and “How did you get so dirty?”) I thought I’d start a new feature. Well, … Continue reading Friday Thoughts: I’m Exhausted