Category Archives: Leadership

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

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 isĀ 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?

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

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

I Lost My Groove and That’s OK

This post could also be called “I got too busy to do any research and writing and now I feel like a slacker, but I’m going to fix that shortly.” When I first took a job in a middle management position several years ago, I had to really refocus my energies and think about how … Continue reading I Lost My Groove and That’s OK

Taking My Life Back From My Job

In the second semester of my third year as a boss lady, IĀ realized 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