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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

Friendship and Community

This post could also be called “My Love Letter to my Library Friends and my Profession, post-ACRL 2015 Conference. Before ACRL, I had been struggling to really explain our online librarian community to others at work. Have you ever tried to explain to a non-library colleague how important “Library Twitter” is for your sanity, your … Continue reading Friendship and Community

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

The Hell of the Coordinator Experience and Why It’s Good for You, Librarians

Coordinator jobs in libraries can be some of the toughest jobs, no doubt. I’ve heard some feedback lately from some Director peers that they find these Coordinator positions, with a lot of variety in responsibilities, often hard to fill or get less applicants. But we need them. Instruction coordinators are everywhere (especially in academic libraries). I’ve also seen … Continue reading The Hell of the Coordinator Experience and Why It’s Good for You, 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