Category Archives: Leadership

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

The Art of Saying No

I was inspired this morning to write this post after a friend of mine noted that she needed some help knowing how to say no without sounding like a jerk. (It should be noted that this friend is never a jerk.) So, first, I’m here to tell you that you can try your hardest, but … Continue reading The Art of Saying No

Appreciation

Forcing myself to write a post this week because it’s been a rough week (or three) and I’m feeling a little beat up. I’ve been thinking a lot about women as leaders, empathy, emotional intelligence, and just really the way strong women are continuously stifled in our society. But I’m really not in a place … Continue reading Appreciation

The Contentious Job of the Library Director

I’m writing this today in response to what I thought was a good post in Inside Higher Ed. As my friend Scott Walter mentioned to me today, I also would have liked it to not be as much about the management of library resources and collections focused. Hey, can’t win them all. It’s also pretty obvious to … Continue reading The Contentious Job of the Library Director

When in Management, Learning to Let Go: The Struggle is Real

In an effort to get back to blogging on the regular (OK, to get there at all), I’m holding myself to Monday posts because then I can also delay working on other things on Mondays AND get something done I’d like to actually do! Voila! _______ I am now in my third year as the … Continue reading When in Management, Learning to Let Go: The Struggle is Real

My Thoughts on Faculty Status for Academic Librarians

I’ve been kicking around the idea of sharing my thoughts on this topic for some time. And, from time to time, have chimed in via Twitter and have also had this conversation with various librarian friends. My own feelings towards faculty status for academic librarians  has certainly changed as my career path moved along its … Continue reading My Thoughts on Faculty Status for Academic Librarians

In Defense of Directors: It’s Lonely at the Top

A couple of weeks ago I was teaching in a week-long, immersive workshop and found myself, as I often am, defending library directors. Now, this post is not in defense of the raging lunatics (which I’ve worked for) or the absent library director (been there, done that), but it is in defense of the ones … Continue reading In Defense of Directors: It’s Lonely at the Top