Category Archives: Professionalism

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

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

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

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

How Did We Get Here? The Rise and (Hopefully) Fall of Rockstar Librarians

I should start off by saying that my hope is that soon the era of rockstar librarians comes to an end. We brought them into this world and we’ll have to takeĀ them out. I keep racking my brain about this week’s drama in librarianship. One librarian is suing two others. You know the story. I … Continue reading How Did We Get Here? The Rise and (Hopefully) Fall of Rockstar Librarians

Librarians, Please Get a Grip

You know, lately I’ve been a little busy. I mean, besides my actual life busy, I am running a college library. So I completely missed what went on with the #libbanana and the library Harlem Shake videos and the ensuing infighting. Then I asked a friend of mine to clue me in and, unfortunately, he … Continue reading Librarians, Please Get a Grip

What Awards Mean to Me When I Hire Someone

I will never hire you because you won an individual award, moved, shaked, emerged, or anything else that was for your individual achievements. That being said… I’ve been thinking a lot, I mean A LOT, about what to write about for my first post on my new sort of professional blog. I mean, I say … Continue reading What Awards Mean to Me When I Hire Someone