Tag Archives: librarianship

Not Just Surviving, But Thriving: How to Deal When You Can’t Get Out of Your Crappy Job

So, last week I gave my advice on knowing when to leave your job. But, what if you know it’s just shit, but you can’t leave. You are place bound. You have a home, kids in school, partner. You have a mortgage. Or maybe it’s because you just can’t find anything else. A full time … Continue reading Not Just Surviving, But Thriving: How to Deal When You Can’t Get Out of Your Crappy Job

It’s Not You, It’s Me: When to Break up with Your Job

From time to time when I talk about library career stuff, people will ask me this question, “How do I know when I should leave my job?” That’s a hard question to answer, but using my own experiences (and borrowing some of my friends), I’ll give you some advice. 1. When you stop learning. This … Continue reading It’s Not You, It’s Me: When to Break up with Your Job

A Love Letter to Librarianship

For the first time since I’ve been a librarian, I’ve been thinking of what else I could do with these skills not because I feel overworked, but because I feel like maybe this isn’t the right profession for me any more. This was never just a job for me. It’s my career, my profession. I … Continue reading A Love Letter to Librarianship

What the Boss Should Give a New Librarian (A newish librarian’s perspective)

Editor’s note: I asked after Midwinter for people who wanted to guest post on the blog and Catherine volunteered! It turns out her post is even more timely now as she will be starting a new job soon. Yay! So, congratulate her on that too when you get a chance (@ms_codson). If you’ve got a … Continue reading What the Boss Should Give a New Librarian (A newish librarian’s perspective)

In Defense of Attending ALA

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of “I don’t go to ALA because it’s not worth it” sort of “stuff” online and I have been thinking a lot about writing a post about librarians and continuing education/conferences/money, so here’s what I dumped out of my brain onto the blog. First, if *I* am the one … Continue reading In Defense of Attending ALA

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 ┬áhas 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

Dear Gods, Library School Rankings. Really?

So imagine my surprise when I found out this week that my library school wasn’t even in the top 20. Boy how it has failed me. LOLOLOL. Since I like to take on all of the hard topics of librarianship (LOL), I’m going to have to take this opportunity to blog about the library school … Continue reading Dear Gods, Library School Rankings. Really?

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

Embedded Librarianship: Or what I always thought was just modern academic librarianship

So, while I procrastinate from doing a book review for a professional publication (see future rant on publications, cost, and usefulness)….I thought I would jot down a little rant here on why I loathe and despise the word embedded, as it applies so frequently now to librarianship. Let me start by saying I *do not* … Continue reading Embedded Librarianship: Or what I always thought was just modern academic librarianship