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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 anywhere there is a front-line public service desk. It is difficult.…… Continue reading Emotionalism, the Trials of Public Service, & Vulcans

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Breaking Up with Facebook…For Real, This Time

If you’ve been watching my Twitter, lately, you may have seen that I have permanently deleted my personal Facebook account and the associated page for TOAL. I’d threatened to do this several times over the last five years, or so, but I finally went through with it yesterday (03/20). Technically, it still exists and my…… Continue reading Breaking Up with Facebook…For Real, This Time

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Navigating the Horrible Valley of Librarian Job Searches

This week’s post* is actually guest starring on a new website for us library types. It also previews my session at next month’s MLA Conference. *Please, excuse the (at least) two grammatical errors neither I nor the editor caught. Also, should you ever spot grammatical or punctuation errors on this site. Let me know and…… Continue reading Navigating the Horrible Valley of Librarian Job Searches

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Humanist Leadership

I’m new to being a boss. I’ve supervised student assistants for years, but this is the first job in which I’ve supervised “grown-ups.” Currently, I have five full-timers and two part-timers underneath me, not counting the small army of student workers they supervise. There are whole ranges in libraries that contain everything I don’t know…… Continue reading Humanist Leadership

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Free Speech and Free Societies, Pt. 1

Just over three years ago Michael Brown was shot dead on the streets of Ferguson, MO, by a cowardly police officer. Was Michael Brown completely innocent of any crime? Probably not, but that’s not the point. As far as I can tell he was guilty of petty theft, jaywalking, and assaulting a police officer, none…… Continue reading Free Speech and Free Societies, Pt. 1

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Taking Stock at Two Months

This week marks two months in the new job, and two weeks from the start of the fall semester. Let’s take a step back and see how things are going. In and earlier post I talked about how I was adjusting to the idea that I’m the boss of unit now and how difficult it…… Continue reading Taking Stock at Two Months

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Surviving a Toxic Work Place

Hopefully, this will never happen to you. Hopefully, you will spend your career working in supportive environments filled with respect and opportunity. Hopefully, your co-workers will grow to be friends and family, and everyone will be happy forever and look something like these approachably beautiful people with perfect teeth in neutral colors. But, sadly, there…… Continue reading Surviving a Toxic Work Place