Category Archives: Advice

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

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

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

Are You a Good Egg?

I was chatting yesterday briefly with my friend Erin about our library friend people┬áthat we really love so much and decided that, to me, there are generally two categories of people that we have to work with. Good Eggs and Not So Much. We were talking about people we really admire; those with good hearts … Continue reading Are You a Good Egg?

Taking My Life Back From My Job

In the second semester of my third year as a boss lady, I┬árealized something. I need to make a concerted effort to take my life back from job. It was a busy semester. Lots of highs, lots of lows. I really and truly love my job. But, more and more, I’ve found myself consumed by … Continue reading Taking My Life Back From My Job

Dear Past Bosses of Mine

It’s been a rough week. Heck, it’s been a rough semester. Growing pains and change takes a toll on you. I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationships with my past library bosses and felt that I owe them all a collective apology for a few things. Maybe you do too. So, here goes: Dear … Continue reading Dear Past Bosses of Mine

It’s My Library and I’ll Cry if I Want To

I used to be one of those people who thought that if you cried at work, you were showing weakness. I couldn’t, as a woman, do that because I already had to prove myself more anyway. I didn’t want people to think I was an “emotional” woman. I wanted them to think I was smart … Continue reading It’s My Library and I’ll Cry if I Want To

The Fairytale of the Work-Life Balance

I was supposed to write this blog post last week. Last week became a complete and utter train wreck for me. My work-life balance was completely off kilter. Well, everything felt off kilter. So, I decided to sit down and write it today on a day when I am home with two kids who have … Continue reading The Fairytale of the Work-Life Balance