Category: Access Services

Let’s Break Some Shit

creative destruction

Over the last few months I’ve been in a, “Well, now what?” period of my career. I’ve steered my department through crisis and now that it’s passed I’m not sure what I’m doing in my position. If my career starts and ends running a… Continue Reading “Let’s Break Some Shit”

Setting the Sail

A few weeks ago, working the circulation desk was becoming very difficult for me. Which is a bad thing, as a public services librarian. I’m certain that I was suffering a certain amount of public services burnout. What I wasn’t certain about at the… Continue Reading “Setting the Sail”

Big Picture Librarian

We are part of an amazing profession built on helping others. As I’ve been pondering my next steps in the profession and what my place is in it (here and here) I reminded myself that I don’t have to struggle with the question on… Continue Reading “Big Picture Librarian”

Halloween 2018: Pumpkin Carving (Updated with winners)

This year’s selection of pumpkins decorated by our student assistants.

I’m Fully Staffed Again!, or, I Needed a Drink

book and red wine on a marble table

Recently, a candidate accepted a job offer to work for me. This means that for the first time since the end of June I’m fully staffed in my department. Prior to that I was fully staffed for 4-6 weeks, maybe. Other than that, from… Continue Reading “I’m Fully Staffed Again!, or, I Needed a Drink”

So, Where Am I Going, Anyway?

book and red wine on a marble table

In reference to my last post, and maybe in continuation of it, I’m asking a question about the rest of my career. This is also a continuation of the question that I first asked in my earliest blog posts,”Why do I want to be… Continue Reading “So, Where Am I Going, Anyway?”

Swimming with Purpose

white shark with fish

In a few short weeks the new semester begins. This will be my second academic year in this position. Over the last year there have been so many changes at work including a roughly 83% turnover in personnel in my department. That means that… Continue Reading “Swimming with Purpose”

It’s Finals. How Are You Doing?

I’m at work. It’s Saturday. I don’t work Saturdays. I’m closing, which is not that unusual, but I’m closing at midnight. My bed time is around 10:00. This all feels so wrong. I remember the days when staying up until midnight was no big deal… Continue Reading “It’s Finals. How Are You Doing?”

Emotionalism, the Trials of Public Service, & Vulcans

We’ve all been there. You’ve got a line backed up to the exits, the phone is ringing off the hook, and a patron is standing there wanting to argue policy with you. You could be working in retail, a public library, an academic library, or… Continue Reading “Emotionalism, the Trials of Public Service, & Vulcans”

Recent Comment Cards

I don’t get a lot of mail in my inbox at work, so it was a bit of a surprise when I got up and saw a stack of comment cards inside. I thought I’d share them with you.